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Brunello di Montalcino La Mannella, Cortonesi, 2019 - 3L

Brunello di Montalcino La Mannella, Cortonesi, 2019 - 3L

Cortonesi | Tuscany, Italy | 300cl
  • Red Still
  • Sangiovese
Regular price £163.00
Regular price Offer price £163.00

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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.

What the critics say:

94/100Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

"The Cortonesi 2019 Brunello di Montalcino La Mannella is broader and richer and showing more dark fruit and less mineral compared to the Poggiarelli. This wine offers a jammy berry quality with sweet raspberry and wild strawberry. There is mild tobacco with clean earth and a hint of something balsamic like rosemary sprig. The mouthfeel shows fine but drying tannins that you feel far after the fruit has faded from the palate. La Mannella is a more horizontal and fleshed-out wine compared to its sibling."

94/100James Suckling

"Pretty sweet-berry and cherry aromas with hints of cedar and crushed stones. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Tight and refined. Give it two or three years to open. Best after 2026."

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Cortonesi stands out as a pioneer in Montalcino's "single vineyard" Brunello. Shifting from a blend to two distinct wines in the 1990s, they capture the distinctiveness of their prime sites. La Manella and Poggiarelli embody Brunello's core, each rooted in unique Montalcino terroirs.

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