Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2016
From one of our absolute favorite corners of the world, we managed to get our hands on some Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino. Ian D'Agata, multiaward-winning wine writer and author of internationally renowned books, considered one of the leading experts in Italian wine, has this to say about Le Potazzine: “Despite its short history, Le Potazzine is universally regarded as one of Montalcino’s top dozen or so wineries. The estate is known for remarkably refined Brunellos that speak of vintage, place and grape variety with utmost precision.” It is indeed a notable winery, only 500 cases of this wine were imported to the US, and we have a very limited supply. Pair it with roasted meats, pasta or risotto with truffles or Italian cheeses, salumi and olives.
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "Le Potazzine always delivers a smooth and silky style with extreme elegance and the lifted cool-climate fruit that you get from this high-altitude growing site. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is taut and firm with cherry fruit, dried raspberry, tilled earth, spice and blue flower. The wine sees an extended fermentation of 40 days and ages in botte grande for 40 months. This is a well-balanced wine that is slightly thinner, with one notch lower intensity in this vintage compared to past editions. You get a light, sharp and streamlined style. Drink 2023-2043." Nov 2020
Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "The remarkably pretty 2016 Brunello di Montalcino shows a pure bouquet full of wild strawberries, woodland berries and herbs with a hint of crushed stone. It’s soft and enveloping, displaying fleshy red fruits, savory spice and salty minerals, while vibrant acids maintain wonderful freshness. It’s only at the very end that its youthful structure comes forward, grippy and classically drying, yet under an air of red licorice and inner rose. There’s a beautiful harmony to this vintage of Le Potazzine, which should provide a long and wide drinking window (2024-2034).” Nov 2020
Wine Spectator: "Black cherry, black currant and plum flavors are front and center in this supple red, with accents of earth, iron, leather and tobacco chiming in as the tannins flex their muscles on the long finish. Everything is there, this just needs to integrate. Best from 2025 through 2048. 1,500 cases made, 500 cases imported." Mar 2021
|Aging||40 months in large oak casks; 12 months further refining in bottle|
|Region||Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy|
|Production||Limited to 1,500 dozen; only 500 dozen imported|