Vintage 2019: To be considered without any doubts one of the best ever made, even better than 2016, the 2019 vintage it’s able to summarize the best offered by the most favorable vintages of the territory of Montalcino, with memories of acidity typical of the 80s.
Very regular climate, phenolic ripening almost perfect, which results in wines with great balance, excellent succulence, drinkability and great potential in terms of longevity. Great balance and freshness to the nose, with hints mainly of small red fruits, such as strawberry and raspberry, touches of yellow plum, an important citrus component, an elegant and fresh tannic structure, excellent drinkability, long and deep finish.
Montalcino, like the Langhe, has a very rare heterogeneity of soils, exposures and altitudes, the basis of the great quality of its wines. Clay, tuff, limestone and marl, from which Galestro and Alberese derive. The latter two are located at the highest altitudes. The high position of the plants, together with a rich mosaic of variables, have determined the peculiarity of Brunello since its origin.
The plants in the territory of Montalcino grow at altitudes ranging from 100 to 661 meters above sea level. The cultivation area, for climatic and soil homogeneity, can be divided into four sub-zones (quadrants), oriented according to the cardinal directions, then northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest, which have cusps in the locality of Poggio Civitella, precisely 661 meters above sea level, then descend into the different territories of competence. The most used training system is the spur cordon. The climate tends to be dry, although there are some inflections of the continental climate. The nearby Monte Amiata helps mitigate weather events of great intensity. In the winery, Brunello di Montalcino is typically created through a blend of different parcels located in different zones of the cultivation area to ensure a wine which is not too homogeneous nor too different from a single cru. Recently, however, many wineries have developed a concept of viticulture that privileges wines obtained from a single vineyard, beyond the average geographical location, and they started interpreting in their own way a concept of ‘cru’ that will surely represent one of the trends for the future.
The 2019 harvest can be described as exceptional, due to the extraordinary quality of the products obtained. The climate has been extremely consistent, with the first half of the year being quite rigid and humid, the spring rains have allowed the creation of important water reserves in the soil, suitable for facing a moderately hot summer, without particular heat peaks prolonged over time and characterized by reduced rainfall.
The month of September saw mild temperatures and significant temperature fluctuations between day and night, which allowed the perfect phenolic ripening of the grapes. Each phase of the vine’s vegetative phase provided the plant with what it needed: humidity, cool, light, heat, thermal overhang, and ventilation, reaching harvest time with juicy grapes and a richness in tannins. The wines produced from these exceptional grapes displayed balanced analytical data during the initial stages of vinification, with a peak value for both anthocyanins and polyphenols.