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2018 La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino

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May 12, 2024 - $31



94James Suckling

Cocoa, walnuts, dark berries and ripe, spiced cherries on the nose. It’s full-bodied and delicious, with a rich and deep core of dark, ripe fruit accompanied by velvety tannins. Chocolaty finish.

90The Wine Advocate

...syrupy rich consistency with ripe fruit, crème de cassis and blackberry syrup...feels heavy and thick to the palate, although Sangiovese's natural acidity pulls through at the end with a pinch of dry bitterness.

90Vinous / IWC

...dark mix of wild blueberries, savory herbs and crushed rocks waft...silky and pliant with a gentle inner sweetness and ripe blue-toned fruits, yet it lacks motivating acidity. It finishes with a lingering concentration and coating of fine tannins that frame this Brunello well.


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.