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Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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14.5% ABV
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4.2 12 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

It is ruby red in color with a bouquet of ripe, red berries and dried flowers. On the palate, the notes of red berries blend with crushed violet and tobacco to create a smooth, velvety texture that harmonizes with rich and balanced tannins, for long and satisfying finish.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 94
James Suckling
So much Tuscan dust on the nose. You can smell the soil, not to mention the dark fruits and flowers. Full body with firm, silky tannins and a long, intense finish. Tight and structured.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a gorgeous expression that will appeal to those who adore the softer and spicier side of Sangiovese. Bold cherry and blackberry stand to immediate attention with secondary aromas of tobacco, cedar and cinnamon in quick succession. The wine delivers more in terms of boldness and power than it does complexity but the overall effect works beautifully considering the quality of fruit in 2010. The style is upfront and bold with deep layers of richness and opulence. The wine is appropriate for medium-term consumption and would pair beautifully with stewed meats.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of wild violet, perfumed red berry, tilled earth and hint of underbrush waft from the glass. The elegant palate delivers layers of wild cherry, crushed raspberry, baking spice, coffee and a hint of licorice. It’s well balanced with youthfully austere tannins and bright acidity. It will age beautifully. Drink 2017–2030.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
A tightly woven, firmly structured Brunello, this evokes cherry, leather, tobacco and briar aromas and flavors. Lean and athletic, with energy and fine length. Needs time to absorb the tannins. Best from 2019 through 2035. 2,070 cases made.
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Castello Romitorio

Castello Romitorio

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Castello Romitorio, Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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Castello Romitoria is located on a hilltop overlooking the Val d'Orcia and facing the township of Montalcino, in the provence of Siena. The castle, surrounded on three sides by thick oak forests, rests in the the northwestern quadrant of Montalcino, at an altitude of 450 meters. On a clear evening, one can see the city of Siena at a distance of over 40 kilometers.

Castello Romitorio, a massive 12th century hilltop fortress in Montalcino, has since 1986 produced exquisite Tuscan wines, grappa and olive oil in the best traditions of the region. After acquiring the estate in 1984, artist Sandro Chia spent the next several years restoring Castello Romitorio and transforming its lands into vineyards. He promptly constructed a cellar on the castle's ground floor with the mosts advanced equipment on the market, with a keen respect however, for ancient techniques. To ensure the highest quality, he recently enlisted the expertise of the country's leading oenoologist, Carlo Ferrini.

Montalcino

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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 Chianti. The Sangiovese grape is responsible for both Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti but Montalcino has its own clone, which the locals call Brunello.

The Brunello vineyards of Montalcino blanket the rolling hills surrounding the village, which fan out at various elevations. The variations of elevation and soils create Brunellos of different styles. From the valleys with deeper deposits of clay, the wines are typically bolder and deeper in color with more opulent black fruit. These wines tend to take better to aging in some percentage of new French oak barrels. The hillside wines and vineyards at higher elevations 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. These, in general, may be aged in larger and more traditional oak casks

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.

Sangiovese

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The perfect intersection of bright fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is the backbone variety in Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Elsewhere throughout Italy, it can make inexpensive wines for daily consumption ranging from inoffensive to deliciously easy. On the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed moderate popularity in California and Washington State over the last few decades.

In the Glass

Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with savory flavors of tart cherry, plum, tomato, fresh tobacco, anise, thyme, oregano, and dried earth. High-quality, well-aged examples will take on notes of smoke, clay pot, leather, gamey meat, potpourri, and dried fruits. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

Perfect Pairings

Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and grainy tannins create an affinity with tomato-based dishes, spicy meats, and anything off the barbecue.

Sommelier Secret

Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines (with price tags to match) that are typically monovarietal or a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

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