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Il Marroneto ‘Madonna delle Grazie’ Brunello di Montalcino
Sitting at the highest part of the estate at around 450 metres, this single site has the oldest vines on the property and takes its name from the little church just above the vineyard. This Brunello “Grand Cru”, as Alessandro refers to it, is approached differently from the outset. Once picking is complete, all the fruit is placed into large wooden vats that see no agitation or stirring before fermentation – the fruit is simply left to kick off fermentation by itself. This lasts for around 3 weeks. The wine is racked off into similar oak to the Rosso and Brunello and left for 41 months. This vineyard produces power-packed fruit that is often less austere than the Brunello ‘normale’ and packs some serious fruit concentration and punch.
Violet, iris, warm spice, new leather, earth and wild berry are just some of the aromas you’ll find on this tantalizingly fragrant, gorgeous red. Linear and elegant, the radiant palate shows youthful tension, boasting red cherry, pomegranate, star anise, baking spice and orange zest framed in tightly wound, polished tannins and bright acidity. 100 Points - Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast
The Il Marroneto 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie creeps up on you slowly. Give this wine ample time to open and put on weight and volume. Or better yet, just stick the bottle in your cellar for a few more years. Fruit comes from a 1.6-hectare parcel at 420 meters above sea level. This site, located just below the Madonna delle Grazie chapel, has sandy mineral-rich soils. This wine is very different from the Alessandro Mori's classic Brunello. Here, you get that beautiful purity in the bouquet, but you also get a different mouthfeel that is characterized by more structure and a firmer set of tannins. However, the overall integration is superior here considering that this wine is richer and has more material and overall density. Cherry, grenadine and cassis are followed by jasmine and even a touch of exotic fruit. As the wine opens, you catch a hint of mesquite or hickory smoke. 98 points - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
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