Italy - Sardinia
What We Say
A great wine from the infamous Italian region: big, punchy, full-bodied and tannic. A powerful wine from the Sangiovese grape that will only get more and more complex with age.
What They Say
The Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 'La Mannella' cuvée is a monovarietal Sangiovese with a deep ruby ??red color that currently opens gradually with lots of air and a long decantation. This is a wine that will keep very well for decades to come. The Riserva reveals aromas of violets and white flowers, blood orange with their zest, as well as fruity notes of ripe black cherry and dried cherry, as well as blueberry and plum plum. The fruity and floral nuances are accompanied by accents of verbena, thyme and rosemary, a hint of blond tobacco and some empyreumatic flavors. On the palate, the wine moves to the limits of perfection, which can easily be seen after a few years of ageing. It is juicy and fleshy, rich in dark fruit flavors, with tight tannins. Its freshness is divine and dynamic with regard to its acid structure at its peak. In summary, we have here an elegant and subtle Brunello Riserva, endowed with a beautiful density and a complex and majestic finish.
About The Producer Cortonesi
The Cortonesi family estate, formerly called 'La Mannella', has 56 hectares of vineyards, eight of which are exclusively reserved for the production of Brunello di Montalcino. Although they have owned 'La Mannella' for a long time, the Cortonesi family only began to cultivate the vines in the early 1970s, to the north and south-east of the Montalcino appellation. During the first years, the wines were exclusively intended for personal consumption. They were shared between friends or with neighbors. It was not until 1985 that the first wine, a Brunello, was released on the over-the-counter market. Until today, the estate is in family possession. The farm is currently managed by the third generation: Tommaso Cortonesi. And its heart, how could it be otherwise, beats for the Sangiovese grape variety, which accounts for most of the planted area. Tommaso has not only studied oenology, he has also carefully studied the terroir of his native region. For example, he vinifies Brunello cuvées from single plots, which have already aroused great enthusiasm thanks to their depth. But we find its signature both fine and elegant from the entry level, like the Rosso 'Lèonus' for example.