Pian dell'Orino, Brunello di Montalcino 'Vigneti del Versante' 2015Regular price $165.00 Save $-165.00
The winemakers of Pian dell’Orino are not natives to Tuscany, nor did they know one another before collaborating to make Sangiovese in Montalcino. Caroline was born in the Südtirol in a large Renaissance castle where she managed the family property. Amongst her duties at the property was an enormous, six hundred year-old grapevine that is the oldest and largest existing vine in all of Europe. Caroline’s partner, Jan, was born in the city of Karlsruhe in Germany, not far from the Pfalz region, studying both viticulture and oenology in Germany. He then worked for several years as an oenologist in France before meeting Caroline and moving to Montalcino. Together they grow purely Sangiovese.
A wine sourced entirely from the Scopeta vineyard. This wine macerated for four weeks before being drawn off, twice as long as the Rosso. It then ages for 42 months in large barrels.
Poggio di Sotto, Brunello di Montalcino 2018Regular price $300.00 Save $-300.00
Producing Brunellos of the highest quality, so elegant and subtle they’re often described as ‘Burgundian’, Poggio di Sotto commands a great amount of respect in a category of fierce competition. Vineyards at three different altitudes grow exclusively Sangiovese Grosso, all of which qualifies for the Brunello appellation and the plots are cooled by near-constant breezes that, among other things, eliminate any necessity to use pesticides. The twenty to twenty-five-year-old vines are hand-harvested which, along with the use of indigenous yeasts, reflects a philosophy toward production at Poggio di Sotto which focuses on sustainable farming, and to let the terroir dictate the style of the wine as much as possible. This choice is further exemplified by ageing the wines in Slavonian oak barrels and bottling unfiltered. A powerful Brunello from a top-grade producer that nevertheless showcases finesse over strength.
This Brunello has a lengthy vinification journey before its release, which only extends its life in the cellar. The Sangiovese ages in small oak barrels for 30-35 days. Next it will age in even smaller Slavonian oak barrels for 58 months, and finally another eight months in bottle before release. This bottle can cellar easily for years to come.
Gaja, Brunello Di Montalcino Pieve Restituta ‘Sugarile’ 2018Regular price $300.00 Save $-300.00
Gaja is still among the most famed winemakers of the world today. Started by Giovanni Gaja in 1859, their legend is still going strong five generations later. Though each new member of the family brought with them a sense of excellence and attention to detail, it was really Angelo who brought the family name into the international spotlight, turning heads and garnering a reputation for pushing winemaking to new heights. Most notably is the family’s decision to use barrique with their 1975 Barbaresco cuvee at a time when everyone was using large barrels for aging. Taking this a step further, he began bottling many of his Nebbiolo as single vineyards, and crucial steps were made in the vineyard to yield better fruit. Today, Angelo carries on their commitment to excellence through their projects in Barolo, Barbaresco, and Tuscany.
Podere San Lorenzo, Brunello di Montalcino Bramante Riserva 2016Regular price $135.00 Save $-135.00
San Lorenzo is a historic property, at least in the world of Montalcino producers. The name comes from Lorenzo Ferretti who originally purchased the land of the estate during the late 19th century. Generation after generation, the property operated as a farm that raised livestock and made wine for home consumption only. The family continued to plant more vines and sold the fruit to other wineries. It wasn’t until the great surge of interest in Brunello around 1997 that the family, namely Luciano, began to bottle their own Sangiovese. They bottled their first wine in 2003 and haven’t looked back since.
Bramante is truly a rare bottle. It is in memory of the late Bramante Ferretti, Luciano’s grandfather who lived to the age of 101. As a Riserva Brunello, the wine is only made during certain years when the fruit harvest is at its absolute best. It’s aged at least two years in barrels, it’s bottled after the fourth year, and rests until January six years after its harvest. This is wine to age further if at all possible.