Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Elegance, that is the heartbeat of Le Ragnaie's wines. Vigneron Riccardo Campinoti has rapidly ascended the ranks of a stoic and timeless region. 2011 is the vintage that many will overlook as it is placed directly between two 'iconic' vintages. Where the '10s and '12s will have plenty of opulence and power - they will also need plenty of time to come around. '11 is a vintage of supreme clarity yet with rich, ripe fruit. It carries more structure than 2009 and a vintage that will absolutely show well over the medium term.
The fruit hails from three organically farmed estate vineyards with the Ragnaie estate comprising 60% of the blend. The other two sites are La Cava, which brings supple weight and Petroso, a vineyard next to Soldera that adds structure and texture to the final assemblage. The fruit juice sits on skins for 40 days in concrete fermenters before being racked to 25hL and 50hL Slavonian botti for 36 months of aging. The resulting wine is one that Burgundy and Barolo lovers may fall in love with before many Sangiovese lovers but make no mistake, this is Brunello.
Very ripe aromas of kirsch, tobacco and chocolate; this could use a bit more time to pull together. Rich and dense in the mouth, with very good underlying structure to the ripe red cherry and spicy flavors. Finishes ripe and powerful, with building tongue-coating tannins.
- Region: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
- Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
- Vintage: 2011
- Vineyard: 60% Ragnaie - 20% Petroso - 20% La Cava
- Vine Age: Average: 26 years old
- Viticulture: Certified Organic
- Yield: Average: 2.5 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Ragnaie: Sandstone & Limestone - Petroso: Schist & Sandstone - La Cava: Lime Rich Marl with Quartz
- Skin Contact: 40 days
- Oak: 36 months in 25hl – 50hl slavonian botti
- Production: 1,666 cases
Aside from perhaps Bordeaux, Napa Valley and Champagne, no other province in the world is as revered as that of the area in and around Siena in the hills of Tuscany. A multitude of macro and meso climates abound with many different exposures. Here Sangiovese masquerades in many costumes as a jovial jester in Chianti Colli Senesi with its approachable... Learn More »
Le Ragnaie is a breath of fresh air to what has been a relatively stale time frame in Montalcino. Riccardo and Jennifer Campinoti purchased the property with a mix of old vines and younger plantings. The estate spreads accross 42 acres, 12 acres of which are in the zone where the cellars are based, Le Ragnaie itself. These vines are the highest of any in Montalcino, some reaching above the DOCG mandated 1,960 feet above sea level, south facing in the central zone above Soldera di Case Basse. As one of the highest points in the region it became famous... Learn More »
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