IL MARRONETO Brunello di Montalcino 2017
97 points, “A gorgeous offering, this opens with enticing scents of ripe woodland berries, blue flowers, new leather and baking spice. On the elegantly structured, savoury palate, taut, polished tannins accompany raspberry compote, ripe Marasca cherry, star anise and crushed rosemary. It’s already showing beautifully but will also offer years of fine sipping.” – Wine Enthusiast
95 points, “Alessandro Mori's Il Marroneto 2017 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a very distinguished and unique character that makes this wine easy to recognize in a line-up of Brunello. This hot and dry growing season made for more powerful aromas and sometimes riper flavours in the appellation, generally speaking. But this magically lean-bodied wine follows its own path, and the warmth of the summer seems to have cemented almost exotic aromas of bay leaf, crushed flower, campfire ash and iron ore. The wine is exceedingly silky and elegant, but instead of opulence, you get streamlined tension accompanied by lifted, immediate aromas of fruit, flowers and light spice.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Il Marroneto’s Brunello di Montalcino 2017 is spontaneously fermented using indigenous yeast and then aged in large oak casks for an inordinately long time (around 39 months). The result is a spicy Sangiovese with notes of black pepper, juniper, rosehip, raspberry, sour cherry, blood orange, dried rose petals, medicinal herbs and a pinch of sea salt. You could wait five years to drink it, but it’s hard to resist now.
In 1994, Alessandro Mori gave up his law career to make Brunello di Montalcino on the tiny 9-hectare estate of Il Marroneto. And we’re so glad he did. According to the highly respected critic of Italian wine, Antonio Galloni, Alessandro Mori “has emerged as a major player in just about the last decade” and “crafts uncompromisingly traditional Brunellos of real pedigree.” He then goes on to implore his followers that, “Readers who have not tasted these Brunellos yet owe it to themselves to do so.” Il Marroneto’s elegant and age-worthy Tuscan reds have a whip of acidity that seems to give them an almost electric energy. This is a producer not to be missed.
SKU No.: 3530222
Style No.: 905472
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14%