Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012

Case of 6 bottles

Made from 100% estate-grown grapes, hand-harvested the last week of September, the first week of October. Alcoholic fermentation took place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks for 15-20 days. Minimum aging requirements for the Consorzio are 2 years in oak barrels and 4 months in bottle, however this wine spent over 3 years in larger Slavonian-oak barrels (not barrique) and 6 months in bottle before release. Alc./vol. 14.0%. 

Vintage Rating:2012 was rated a 5-star vintage (out of 5) by the Consorzio di Brunello (the governing association for the region). “Five stars” is considered “exceptional”, with prospects for long-lived wines. 

Our tasting note:Classic deep cherry colour, with earthy aromas and flavours of Bing cherry, plum, blackberry, and dark raspberry fruit with sandalwood, cinnamon, and mocha notes. Richly elegant, this wine is medium to full-bodied, structured, and with a silky finish. 

Food matches:Pair with earthier-style dishes, including braised (short ribs) and grilled red meats, mushroom-based dishes, and tomato-based meat sauces.

Recognition:92 points from JamesSuckling.com; and 90pts from Vinous (Ian d’Agata)