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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
#24 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
Intense and deep ruby red. On the nose, the wine is ehereal, deep, well balanced, and persistent with fruity and spicy notes. Elegant, soft, round and velvety in the mouth.
"The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is beautiful. A large-scaled, opulent wine, the 2007 captures the personality of the vintage while retaining fabulous balance and proportion. Layers of dark fruit, mocha, spices and new leather build effortlessly to the huge, palate staining finish. This is a fabulous showing. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. Rating: 94+"
The Wine Advocate
"Lots of dried fruits here, almost raisins, with hints of flowers. Full body, with chewy and round tannins and juicy fruit. Intense finish. Muscular. Need two or three years for the tannins to soften. Made from biodynamic grapes."
"Deep, bright red-ruby. Vibrant aromas of dark cherry, dark berries, cocoa powder and leather. Juicy, bright and primary, with serious density and a solid spine of acids and tannins giving thrust to the powerful dark fruit flavors. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins and terrific building length and lift. This really grabs the palate and won't let go. An eminently ageworthy 2007.Rating: 93(+?)"
International Wine Cellar
"Smoky overtones of barbecue and pipe tobacco fill in the background and provide a platform for all the busy cherry and ripe berry notes presented at the front of the nose. Dark, thick, inky concentration. It’s a big, bold style with loads of savory spice, black pepper and smoked bacon. Drink after 2015."
The La Serena estate has belonged to the Mantengoli family since the 1930s, but they did not start making wine until 1988, when brothers Andrea and Marcello entered the family business. What began as a one-hectare farm has since grown into nine hectares, with about six of those under vine, dedicated exclusively to Sangiovese for Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.
The zone of...Read More About La Serena
One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...Read More About Tuscany
Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...Read More About Sangiovese
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