Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2012

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Brunello’s younger [and more budget friendly] sibling, a fantastic, dangerously easy drinking Rosso di Montalcino.

Estate: The Uccelliera estate was established in 1986 by Andrea Cortonesi and is located in the Castelnuovo dell’Abate part of the Montalcino region of Tuscany. He retained the farm’s original name of “Uccelliera” [bird house], and joined 2 adjacent hectares [which are adjacent to Ciacci Piccolomini’s famous “Pianrosso” vineyard] to bring the estate to 6 hectares total. Fantastically passionate about the land, Andrea has preserved the original olive groves rather then turn them over to vines. He realized “that I was perhaps seeking to live a relationship with this earth that went beyond simple business principles”.

Philosophy: “Love for the earth of which we respectfully ask its fruits for our life.”

Winemaking: Andrea Cortonesi practices strict organic farming principles, along with integrated insect and disease control, and adds only very low amounts of SO2 to the wines. The Rosso is limited in production; the grapes are “selected from the youngest Brunello di Montalcino
 vineyards, or those in cooler areas”. The wine was aged in Slavonian and French oak barrels for a minimum of 8 months.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of juicy strawberry and raspberry along with nuances of smoky earth. Well balanced with clean flavours of cherry and black currant gliding atop silky smooth tannins and accented by smoky earth elements, finishing with black pepper and velvety berry fruits.

100% Sangiovese
Rosso di Montalcino
Italy
Bottled by Andrea Cortonesi Azienda Agricola Uccelliera
14.5% Alcohol
$19
Enjoy now thru 2016

Rated 92 points by the Wine Enthusiast

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