Le Potazzine

Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2016


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Tuscany, Italy

Wine Advocate 96+ points! James Suckling 94 points! Vinous 95 points!

Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful red wine gem from the much heralded 2016 Brunello vintage. Considered the king of Tuscan wines and one of the most renowned and long-lived red wines of Italy, Brunello is produced from a specific strain of Sangiovese (Sangiovese Grosso) grown in the unique microclimate surrounding the Tuscan town of Montalcino. "Le Potazzine" (meaning "chickadee" in the local dialect) is the nickname given by the mother of Gigliola Gorelli (who owns the estate together with her oenologist husband Giuseppe) to her two granddaughters, Viola and Sofia. The estate was established in 1993, the year when Viola was born. The vineyards extend for 5 hectares. Sustainable agricultural practices are pursued. The vineyards are worked entirely by hand, the harvest is manual.

"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 42 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. I prefer the 2015 vintage slightly to this wine, but I'm suggesting a longer drinking window here. This is an 18,000-bottle release that hits the market in January 2021. Drink 2023-2043."-Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 96+ points!

Enjoy Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino with osso buco, lasagna, eggplant Parmesan, and aged cheeses.

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