The Brunello Di Montalcino appellation is located 65 km south of Siena. In this picturesque setting, the hills are spread in waves dotted with forests and medieval villages, such as Montalcino, located in the middle of the appellation of the same name. Until the 1970s the wine industry was inconsequential in this part of Tuscany, even though its climate is more suitable for grape growing than other sectors of the region. It has gained popularity however: in four and a half decades, Montalcino has gone from having around ten grape growers and wine makers to more than 200. Fortunately, the majority are family businesses or small operations. In 1968 the appellation was awarded the quality assurance label DOC, and later promoted to DOCG Chianti in 1980. Although Chianti is Tuscany’s most popular appellation, Brunello Di Montalcino is undoubtedly the most prestigious. Currently it produces wines that are among Italy’s most famous and expensive.
Montalcino has a double advantage: it benefits from having a warm and dry climate and rocky and poor soils, making it probably the best Tuscan terroir. The Mount Amiata ridge, whose highest peak is 1,700 meters, dominates the landscape and offers excellent protection against the elements that come from the south. Soils are diverse which is reflected in the character of the wines. Hilltops have sandy soils while volcanic tuff deposits are more frequent in the vicinity of Mount Amiata.In general, Brunello Di Montalcino wines proffer great power with firm tannins that, after several years of aging in the cellar, reveal sublime bouquets of flowers, tobacco and spices.
Wine & Spirits Magazine, vintage 2012, 93 pts James Suckling, vintage 2012, 94pts Wine Spectator, vintage 2012, 94pts Robert Parker, vintage 2012, 91pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, vintage 2012, 92pts
"Le Ragnaie's 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is initially tight and compressed with focused tones of cassis, licorice and balsam herb. You get a good dose of that inner complexity and elegance that is characteristic of its big sister wine, Brunello di Montalcino. It also shows a similar ability to change and evolve in the glass with each passing minute. The...
James Suckling, vintage 2012, 95pts Wine & Spirits magazine, vintage 2012, 94pts Wine Spectator, vintage 2012, 94pts Robert Parker, vintage 2012, 93pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, vintage 2012, 93pts