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La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2008

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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.

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JS 92
James Suckling
Blackberries and dried cherries with hints of jam on the nose. Full body, with lots of strawberries yet it goes chewy with polished tannins and a fresh finish. Give it a year to come together. Made from biodynamic grapes.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
A rich yet vibrant red, sporting flavors of cherry, currant and tobacco backed by a spine of mouthcoating tannins. Offers underlying notes of balsamic and underbrush, with a lingering finish
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La Serena, Italy
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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 production, Torrenieri, is in the northeast corner of Montalcino at about 400 meters above sea level. The soil there is similar to the Pertimali/Montosoli Cru areas, but is slightly less compact, providing wines with structure but perhaps more approachability in their youth than their neighbors.

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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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