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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

by Uccelliera 2017

94POINTS

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$119.99

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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

"Balsam herbs, cocoa and sweet white smoke give way to crushed black cherry and plum as the 2017 Brunello di Montalcino blossoms in the glass. This is elegance personified, silky, deep and round, yet delivering a core of saline minerality that creates a savory sensation - umami, in a way - with masses of ripe red fruits and confectionary spices to contrast. The tannins are sweet and round, presenting a chiseled structure; yet it's not forceful. This tapers off with a tart twang of sour wild berries under an air of lavender and violets. Wow; there is so much concentration and depth here, but also balance. In fact, there's hardly a sign of this being from a difficult vintage. While I expect it will have a shorter life than an Uccelliera Brunello from a classic year, the 2017 should not be missed."

94+ points - Eric Guido, Vinous Media, Nov 2021

"The Uccelliera 2017 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job showcasing that extra power and brawn of the vintage and the richer textural structure of the southern side of the appellation. The bouquet is up front and beautifully measured with lots of red and purple fruit definition followed by spice, tar and earthiness. What sets this wine apart in this hot and dry vintage is the mouthfeel. It delivers fiber, flesh and soft tannins."

94 points - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, Feb 2022 

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 94
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Uccelliera
Region Italy (Italy), Tuscany (Italy)
Alcohol 15% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2017
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 $719.94

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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