Casisano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (5 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label
Casisano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (5 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label

Casisano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (5 Liter Bottle) 1999

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Loads of blackberry and toasty oak, with hints of coffee. Full-bodied, with big, silky tannins and a long, rich fruit, chocolate and vanilla aftertaste. Best wine ever from here. Best after 2006. 550 cases made.

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Casisano

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Casisano, Italy
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Tommasi is historically and today a standard bearer of the Amarone appellation, and one of the most important quality producers in the Veneto. The family-run estate was founded in 1902 by Giacomo Tommasi in the village of Pedemonte, which lies in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region. The family owns 260 acres in Valpolicella Classico, making them the single largest land owners in the area. Over the years they have expanded their holdings in other areas of Italy, and have after many years been able to secure an estate in an outstanding area of Montalcino.

Podere Casisano was purchased in 2015 from the Ciarpella family of Rome. Nestled among rolling hills in the south-eastern part of the appellation, between the villages of Montalcino, Castelnuove dell'Abate, and Sant' Angelo in Colle, the estate is situated on a splendid natural terrace overlooking the famous abbey of St. Antimo. The total property covers 131 acres, of which 57 acres are vineyards for Brunello and Rosso and 30 acres are planted with olive trees. The winery, which was known as Casisano-Colombaio under its previous ownership, has for years produced a very traditional style of Brunello, with a long aging in large Slavonian oak casks - a classic style of winemaking favored by the Tommasi family. Tommasi has retained the original winemaking team, now under the guidance of head winemaker Giancarlo Tommasi, and is set to take the wines to even greater heights.

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Famous for its bold, layered and long-lived red, Brunello di Montalcino, the town of Montalcino is about 70 miles south of Florence, and has a warmer and drier climate than that of its neighbor, Chianti. The Sangiovese grape is king here, as it is in Chianti, but Montalcino has its own clone called Brunello.

The Brunello vineyards of Montalcino blanket the rolling hills surrounding the village and fan out at various elevations, creating the potential for Brunello wines expressing different styles. From the valleys, where deeper deposits of clay are found, come wines typically bolder, more concentrated and rich in opulent black fruit. The hillside vineyards produce wines more concentrated in red fruits and floral aromas; these sites reach up to over 1,600 feet and have shallow soils of rocks and shale.

Brunello di Montalcino by law must be aged a minimum of four years, including two years in barrel before realease and once released, typically needs more time in bottle for its drinking potential to be fully reached. The good news is that Montalcino makes a “baby brother” version. The wines called Rosso di Montalcino are often made from younger vines, aged for about a year before release, offer extraordinary values and are ready to drink young.

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