La Serena Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 Red Wine

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La Serena Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 Red Wine

Tuscany, Italy
95 pts. James Suckling:

“Dark-cherry and floral aromas with citrus and dried-lavender undertones. Full body and firm, chewy tannins with a solid structure and length.”

94 pts. Wine Spectator:

“Enticing aromas and flavors of cherry, plum, earth, iron and blood mark this smooth, harmonious Brunello. Rich and dense, with chalky tannins. This will need some time to integrate fully. Best from 2023 through 2042. 2,000 cases made, 850 cases imported.”

100% Sangiovese from the La Serena estate harvested during the first two weeks of October. The wine undergoes fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel before moving into cask. The wine then ages for three years in a combination of 20, 30, 40 and 70 hectoliter French oak casks, and is refined for a minimum of four months in bottle before release. Certified organic on the label since the 2013 vintage.

Antonio Galloni: “Proprietor Andrea Mantengoli can be counted on for rich, powerful wines full of character at La Serena.”
 
Wine Advocate: “His wines meet that illusive sweet point between power and elegance that is so difficult to achieve.”
 
The La Serena estate has belonged to the Mantengoli family since the 1930s, but they did not start making wine until 1988, when twin brothers Andrea & Marcello entered the family business. What began as a one-hectare farm has since grown into nine hectares, with about six of those under vine, dedicated exclusively to Sangiovese for Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. Andrea has always worked the vineyards in an organic way, but since the 2013 vintage his wines are now officially certified as “Made With Organic Grapes” on the label.

With Enologist Paolo Caciorgna giving a hand to Andrea, the estate is in great hands. Since the 2009 vintage, Andrea has abandoned the use of barriques for his wines, and now uses only large oak casks of 20 hectoliters and larger.

The estate is directly east of Montalcino in an area that has always produced highly acclaimed Brunello. Andrea’s neighbors include Cerbaiona, Casanova di Neri and even Biondi Santi’s Il Greppo estate. The estate is at 400 meters above sea level, and the soil here is similar to the Pertimali/Montosoli Cru areas, but is slightly less compact, providing wines with structure but perhaps more approachability in their youth than their neighbors.

Vineyard Practices:  La Serena practices organic and biodynamic viticulture. Grass is grown between the rows, and beneficial insects have been introduced to the property. After harvest, the vine shoots are collected and composted to be used as organic fertilizer. There is absolutely no usage of chemical herbicides or fertilizers.

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