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Producer : Podere le Ripi
Region : Italy (Italy), Tuscany (Italy)
Bottle Per Case : 3 x 750 ml
Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Red Meat, Veal roasted
"An enticing mix of exotic spice, crushed violets, medicinal black cherries and sweet mint wafts up from the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Lupi e Sirene. Its textures are silky and rich, nicely matched by depths of ripe red and blue berries, plus an enriching hint of almond paste. This stops just short of decadence, as salty minerals and bright acidity add a more savory twang, and fine-grained tannins slowly take hold. While structured, the long, dramatic finale is packed full of dark primary fruits, savory herbs and hints of mocha. I expect the 2016 Riserva Lupi e Sirene to be firing on all cylinders after only a short stay in the cellar. There will be no 2017 due to the drastic loss of fruit in that extremely dry and warm vintage."
96 Points - Eric Guido, Vinous, October 2021
98 Points - Falstaff, September 2021
96 Points - Monica Larner, February 2022
|Bottles Per Case||3 Pack|
|Cellaring||Drink Now or Cellar|
|Sweetness Descriptor||XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Producer||Podere le Ripi|
|Region||Italy (Italy), Tuscany (Italy)|
|Style||Savory and classic|
|Food Pairing||Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Red Meat, Veal roasted|
|Descriptors||Earthy, Fruity, Mineral|
|Price of Case||$539.97|
Among our greatest discoveries last year is this incredible wine estate from the Montalcino region of Tuscany. Founded in 1997, this estate is run by Francesco Illy, an interesting gentleman who is obsessed with purity, quality, and nature. Podere le Ripi is unlike anything we have ever seen. An ancient property untouched by human intervention (it seems), a 133-acre estate with hundreds of olive trees, surrounded by forest and wild vegetation.
Illy is a nature photographer and author who comes from a renowned coffee background, who's grandfather, also named Francesco (the inventor of Espresso), founded Illy coffee in 1933, the family continues to create some of the finest espresso available. With a family immersed in the fine coffee, tea and chocolate business, it’s easy to see how Francesco Illy wanted to create a new family specialty—this time, grown under the Tuscan sun.
'...there is no denying the amount of pleasure there is to be found in a bottle of Podere Le Ripi Brunello. Francesco Illy proves to be at the top of his game...' - Eric Guido, Vinous Media, Nov 2020
Blessed with vineyards on both the east and west sides of Montalcino, Podere Le Ripi produces terroir-driven Brunello di Montalcino wines from three single vineyards. The estate has been biodynamic since 2012, a project spearheaded by winemaker Sebastian Nasello.
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