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2015 Castelli Martinozzi Brunello di Montalcino

Light label condition issue

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

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RATINGS

95James Suckling

...firm and silky red with plum and berry aromas and flavors...hint of chocolate powder. Medium to full body. Super integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Such polish.

91+ The Wine Advocate

...radiated with golden sunsets and the sweet smell of sun-scorched grass. True to form, this wine delivers a good blend of intensity, power and dark fruit concentration...bright primary aromas and its soft, velvety tannins.

91Vinous / IWC

...masses of spicy cherry, berry fruits, peppery florals, and dark minerality, with something of an exotic, almost-volatile edginess and animal rusticity. On the palate, soft, fleshy textures host ripe wild berry fruits, further excited by brisk acids and saline-minerals, as fine tannins settle in... The finish continues to thrill the senses with nervous acids giving life to dried berry tones, backed by saturating spices, minerals, and just a hint of grippy tannin.

90Wine Enthusiast

Scorched earth, new leather, dried botanical herb and mature black-skinned berry aromas... The full-bodied palate doles out fleshy Marasca cherry, ripe black plum, licorice and dried sage alongside solid but velvety tannins.

REGION

Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is regarded as one of Italy’s best appellations. Located in south central Tuscany below Chianti, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are made of a Sangiovese clone called “brunello,” which means “little dark one,” a reference to the brown tones in the skin of the grape. Unlike some Tuscan appellations that allow other grapes to be blended with Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is entirely Sangiovese. Montalcino itself is a picturesque, hill-top town not especially well known for wine production until the mid-19th century, when a local vineyard owner isolated the brunello clone and planted it. Other growers followed suit. Nevertheless it wasn’t until 1970s that wine enthusiasts started paying attention to Brunello di Montalcino, which by then was becoming an outstanding wine. Today there are 120 estates in the DOCG, up from about 25 estates in 1975. Brunellos in general are bigger, darker, more tannic and more powerful wines than Chiantis or most other Sangioveses. By law they must be aged for four years, and two of those years must be in wooden barrels.