At a recent tasting of the newly released five-star 2010 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino, I had a chance to go through several wines in depth at a seminar. But the seminar sample of Val di Suga’s was flat an...
When you put a lot of great vineyards making expensive wines in a tiny hilltop region, some conflict will inevitably result — especially when the wine is a long-aged red wine that has been chronicled for over 450 years.
There will be no more Brunello di Montalcino Soldera until 2019.
Clocking in at 14% ABV, this wine is a deep ruby red, with just a hint of purple. Floral notes and red fruit mingle on the nose, while more red fruit—especially juicy cherries—well-integrated tannins and an earthiness find their way onto the palate to work perfectly with rich foods like osso bucco. We had no decanter (this wine should be allowed to aerate) so I used my Centellino Areadivino to help the wine open up.
Whether Montalcino red or Finger Lakes white, consumers should remember that an appellation can't perfectly predict a bottle's personality. Still, some producers have discovered something unique and consistent about a site - the site's terroir - worthy of producing single-vineyard wines.