Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino Poggiarelli

Tuscany, Italy   |  Hearty Red   |  Sangiovese   |  2013
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Tommaso Cortonesi’s grandfather bought La Mannella in the 1970s. The estate spreads over 56 hectares, eight of which produce Brunello di Montalcino. The major vineyard is around the winery at La Mannella, just north of Montalcino itself, but there is another vineyard near Castelnuovo dell’ Abate, to the south east of the town. Originally just one Brunello was made, a blend from the two separate vineyards, but in the 1990s, Tommaso and his father realised that the two vineyards had distinctly different soil composition. They decided that better wine would be made if each terroir was properly realised in the bottle, and thus were born Poggiarelli (in the south east) and La Mannella (in the north).

Poggiarelli has rocky soil, rich in marl, whereas at La Mannella it is mainly clay and limestone. Poggiarelli is at about 420 m.a.s.l and La Mannella is 280-350 m.a.s.l. The oldest vines were planted in 1983, and another two plots were planted in 1998. All their wines are 100% Sangiovese

"Good full red. Blueberry, red cherry, sweet pipe tobacco, minerals and spices on the nose, lifted by notes of violet and white pepper. Features terrific inner-mouth tension to the sappy crushed fruit flavors. This is richer, denser and deeper than Cortonesi’s 2013 Brunello, but is every bit as vibrant and silky, though clearly also more backward. Finishes long and precise, featuring ripe tannins and subtly complex notes of red fruit, game and saline, smoky underbrush. A superb Brunello that ranks with the best from the vintage." 95+ pts, Eric Guido, Vinous

"Licorice, fennel and tarragon as well as very ripe red fruit make this a very distinctive Brunello, and there's a pretty massive tannic core behind it for this vintage. Quite a challenging style due to those tannins and it may show better from 2018.." 91 pts, James Suckling

"Compared to the wine from the La Mannella site (with fruit from the northern part of the appellation), the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Poggiarelli is assembled with fruit located in the warmer southeastern quadrant of the region. You can immediately tell the difference between these two Brunellos. This expression is slightly softer, richer and shows even more volume. I am slightly partial to the La Mannella wine because it feels tighter and firmer. But this is a significant beauty as well. The oak aging between the two wines also differs. This version ages in tonneaux for two years, and the other wine goes into large oak casks for three years. This is the modern wine that is the classic Brunello. Bottle production here is a mere 4,000 units." 93 pts, Monica Larner, WA

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  Bottle size 750
  Duty Paid / In Bond Duty Paid
  Vintage 2013
  Bottle or Case? Price by the Case
  Country Italy
  Region Tuscany
  Grape Sangiovese
  Wine Type Red wines
  Wine Style Hearty Red
  Oak Strongly Oaked
  Drinkability Lay down
  Sweetness Dry

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