Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2015
From the highly acclaimed Val di Suga winery, where the Brunellos can run twice this price, this Tuscan delight is perfect for chicken liver crostatas prepared the Tuscan way. After that, a Chiannina rib steak is a perfect entree for this Italian red. Rabbit stew cooked with juniper is another dish that will bring out the bold, earthy side of the wine. A classic Beef Wellington is another wonderful option. Set out a platter of aged, top shelf Pecorino as a last course and fill your glasses again. You'll be glad you did.
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: This is a very well balanced Brunello with sharp and classic lines. The Val di Suga 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers attractive energy and brightness that is transmitted through the cherry fruit and wild berry aromas at its core. That primary fruit is surrounded by light spice, grilled herb and potting soil. There is a nice purity and linearity to this wine that reminds you of the natural depth and complexity of Sangiovese when given a little time to age. (Brunello is always released five years after the harvest.) This is an ample 120,000-bottle release.Drink: 2021-2033." Oct 2020
Winery: "This is a very concentrated Brunello that combines intense notes of blood orange with a hint of chinotto mixed with complex Mediterranean spices (Helichrysum Thyme and Broom Flowers). It is a wine with a strong nerve, a vibrant acid structure that sustains a concentrated mouthfeel, rich in silky tannins. The finish is extremely long and soft."
2015 Vintage Report: "The seasonal trends were simply perfect! Winter was not very rainy and temperatures were average for the season. Spring was mild, accompanied by good rainfall in March and April. That made up for a dry winter, and then a fairly dry May. Summer was hot, but always accompanied by rainfall that helped avoid water stress and allowed fruit to have a phenolic ripeness typical of the great vintages. The early September rains lowered the summer temperatures, delaying ripening and creating a slow veraison."
|Varietal||100% Sangiovese Grosso|
|Aging||24 months in Slavonian oak barrels; 12 months in concrete tanks; 12 months minimum further refining in bottle|
|Region||Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy|