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Cerbaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015

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JS 95
James Suckling
An opulent Brunello, suggesting glacé cherries, strawberry ice-cream, peppermint tea and dried cloves. Full-bodied and very structured, muscling sturdy layers of tannins and rolling sheets of dark fruit into ironclad balls of flavor and texture. Long and fruit-driven on the finish. Drink from 2024.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

This wine reveals a beautifully rich and saturated appearance as it pours from the bottle. The Cerbaia 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers a pretty presentation of Sangiovese-driven aromas with small berries, underbrush, moist potting soil and blue flowers. All of these aromas are perfectly tied to the variety. In the mouth, Cerbaia's interpretation is lean and crisp with medium weight and a long, silky mouthfeel. It does feel thin on the mid-palate and tapers out to a medium or short finish. Fruit comes from a 4.5-hectare vineyard with Galestro-rich soils. Some 18,000 bottles were released in January 2020.

D 93

The small Cerbaia estate boasts 4.5ha of vines on the Montosoli hill. At 400 metres, the northeast-facing site is relatively cool and breezy. As of 2014, Elena Pellagrini has joined her father Fabio, an agronomist who planted the vines here in the late 1970s. She has crafted an impressive 2015, displaying well-defined aromas of fresh red forest berries, violet and liquorice root. The palate is densely packed and tightly wound with grainy tannins but is brightened by crisp acidity and an underlying savoriness. Drinking Window 2022 - 2032

WE 90
Wine Enthusiast

Scorched earth, leather and camphor aromas mingle with a whiff of resin. On the austere tightly knit palate, grainy tannins accompany sour cherry, orange zest and tobacco. This will benefit with a few more years of cellar time. Drink after 2023. Gregory Condes Wines.

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Cerbaia, Italy
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In the distance, the rolling hills flanked by lines of Cyprus trees, the towers of the famous medieval city San Gimigniano… Cerbaia is a perfect example of a traditional running vineyard in Chianti.

Cerbaia encompasses fifteen hectares of vineyard and about 1.400 olive trees some of which on terraces, and woods rich in game with many trails inviting for long walks in the shade. The main residence is on the upper heights of the property. The entire estate forms a comprehensive ecological system, creating a biodiversity favourable to a more natural treatment of our cultivation.

The name "Cerbaia", would indeed come from the surrounding hills and woods particularly rich in game.

Since their construction in the XVI century, the buildings, subsequently restored in the XVIII century, were devoted to an agricultural activity. The site is very probably occupied since much longer! The buildings were made with the famous local stone whose golden reflections change during the day according to the light of the sun. The frameworks of the openings are typically brick and, the old dovecote, with one of its windows wide open proudly dominates the main house and the valley. Recent alterations were made to take account of contemporary life. Efforts have been made to make the most of natural energy, with for example, solar panels that ensure the provision of a portion of our energy needs. Rainwater is also fully retrieved!

Extensive work was made to the vineyards since 2000: Gradually over the years, each hectare has been replanted. Today, the vine density is about 6250 vines per hectare. In order to perpetuate the memory of the property, we nevertheless chose to keep a hectare and a half of the older vines in which their white grape varieties are concentrated. Each hectare is composed of about 3500 vines. Every two years, any damaged vines are identified and meticulously replaced. This careful management avoids the risk of irregular vine density which could adversely affect the balance of the vineyard and therefore the quality of the wines! They allow nature to take its course to the extent possible in both the olive groves as well as in the woods, by intervening as little as possible. Three qualified staff members work full time on the property assisted by seasonal workers during harvesting.

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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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Among Italy's elite red grape varieties, Sangiovese has the perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Somm Secret—Sangiovese doubles under the alias, Nielluccio, on the French island of Corsica where it produces distinctly floral and refreshing reds and rosés.

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