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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG by Uccelliera 2015

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

by Uccelliera 2015

Producer : Uccelliera

Region : Italy (Italy), Tuscany (Italy)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Red Meat

Tasting Notes

"Andrea Cortonesi of Uccelliera shows real talent when it comes to highlighting vintage variation in his wines. His 2015 Brunello di Montalcino captures the exuberance and the ebullience of this sunny and warm growing season. However, the wine remains orderly, precise and very elegant nonetheless, with a pretty succession of aromas that play cautiously forward, building in intensity along the way. Dried currant and cherry cede to moist earth, rose petal and balsam herb. The wine's medium-weight body is supported by fresh acidity and well-managed tannins (with 36 months of oak aging). All of these moving pieces work in harmony."

97 points - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, Jan 2020

 

"The 2015 Uccelliera Brunello has impressed me every single time I’ve tasted it.  And I’ll admit, it was one of the wines I had been waiting for.  It’s a deep ruby in color but sports that iodine colored ring at the rim of the bowl.  Huge aromas of crushed cherry, fresh flowers, new leather and pipe tobacco.  Just amazing.  Flavors carry through from the nose and are ripe, concentrated, persistent, juicy and fresh.  An amazing wine that will last a decade or more in the cellar."

98 points - John Fodera, Tuscan Vines, Aug 2020

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 98
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Uccelliera
Region Italy (Italy), Tuscany (Italy)
Alcohol 15% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2015
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 100% Sangiovese
Food Pairing Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Red Meat
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full
Price of Case $714.00

The Producer

Uccelliera

'Andrea Cortonesi reflects the best of the artisan spirit in Montalcino. The Uccelleria wines are rich, layered and beautifully textured.' – Antonio Galloni

'Without a shadow of a doubt, Andrea Cortonesi of Uccelliera lands high on my list of favorite Brunello di Montalcino producers.'” – The Wine Advocate

The Uccelliera estate was at once part of neighbouring Ciacci Piccolomini until 1986, when winemaker Andrea Cortonesi purchased it from his friends and former employers. After refining his trade as cellar master for Ciacci, Andrea ventured out on his own with the formation of Uccelliera. His first vintage was 1991 with the production of a mere 500 bottles!

The wines have quickly become cult favourites amongst the cognoscenti. Tucked away in the southeast corner of the appellation in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, the soil here is loose and stony which when coupled with a warm microclimate gives the wines of Uccelliera a rich and ripe expression, vintage after vintage. Andrea Cortonesi is tireless in his approach to winemaking, with all vineyard work done exclusively by hand. In addition to Brunello, the Rosso di Montalcino is a very limited production and features an unusually powerful nose and ripe, rich fruit. Rounding out the lineup is the tiny-production Super Tuscan, 'Rapace', which is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet and aged in barrique.

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