The vines have started to “cry”

Over the last weekend, 30 millimeters (1.2″) of rain fell while it snowed on Mount Amiata. We hoped that temperatures would drop but this was only partly the case. The temperatures are anomalous for this time of the year, with both lows and highs above the average. Yesterday we had 19°C (66.2F) in the warmest time of the day. The vines are starting to “cry”, that is a sign that they have started their vegetative growth and in about twenty days the buds should open. Meanwhile, we are finishing our work of substituting the dead vines with new ones. The peach tree in the following photo has grown from a peach pit that someone threw on the soil after eating it: it provides delicious peaches and does not need any anti-parasitic...

95+ pts. for Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 from Wine Advocate

We are exciting and honored to be awarded 95+ points from Wine Advocate for the 2012 Brunello Di Montalcino. “Il Poggione is a Brunello superstar and a vintage like this reveals every reason why that affirmation is true.  From the second the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino pours into the glass, you know you are in for something special.  The wine is darkly saturated and rich in appearance.  Absent are those slightly amber or browning hues you often get with Sangiovese in a hot vintage.  Nor does the wine show flat or tired characteristics.  Instead, the quality of fruit is vibrant and rich.  This is a healthy, generous and exuberant Brunello with dark density and succulent fruit flavors that are followed by integrated spice and tobacco.  The balance is impressive and one thing you get here is fresh acidity.  This is not to be underestimated, because the acidity quota in the 2012 vintage across the appellation is not as high or evident as usual.  This is one of the year’s best Brunellos “ – Monica Larner (Wine Advocate) Add Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 to your Cellar! Enter an E-Mail address to be notified when you can order the 2012 Brunello Di Montalcino on uncorked.com E-Mail...

Benvenuto Brunello 2017

Recently, at “Benvenuto Brunello”,a traditional event for press, restaurants, wine shops and wine lovers,  the new vintages of Montalcino wines were presented. This year represents the 50th anniversary of the Brunello appellation and the 2016 vintage has been awarded with 5 stars. After the technical presentation of the vintage, the Leccio d’Oro prize has been awarded; this award is for those restaurants and retailers in Italy and abroad, supporting Montalcino wines in their work. This year the recipients were Ristorante Del Cambio in Turin (http://www.delcambio.it/), the wine shop N’Ombra de Vin in Milan (http://www.nombradevin.it/pages/home1.html), the restaurant Era Ora in Copenhagen (http://era-ora.dk/) and the wine shop/deli A. Litteri in Washington D.C. (http://alitteri.com/).     Watch the event:   Furthermore, two businesses in Montalcino have been awarded a special Leccio d’Oro, the restaurant Il Giglio (https://www.gigliohotel.com/it/ristorante/ristorante.html) and the wine shop Bruno Dalmazio (www.dalmazio.com). As every year, the tile representing and celebrating the new vintage and the stars awarded to it has been presented. This year it has been designed by the Michelin Guide. During the presentation, a debate regarding the future of Montalcino took place, where personalities like Luciano Ferraro from Italy’s most important newspaper Corriere della Sera, Gioacchino Bonsignore from TG5 and Monica Larner from The Wine Advocate provided interesting insights about the appellation. Beyond other things, Monica mentioned when 4 years ago, just during Benvenuto Brunello, she was offered to work for the Wine Advocate.       The tasting was busy, but with truly high quality attandees. It was a great chance for us, the producers, to meet clients and journalists all in one place, and for trade...

Sustainable grass removal in Montalcino

The beginning of 2017 has been distinguished by sunny weather with low temperatures, especially in the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, as of today, we are lacking water. Since January 1st, we have only seen 60 mm (2.36 inches) of rain fall. This is too little for this time of the year. We haven’t seen snow this year but it would have helped a lot by providing a slow but consistent supply of water tables.  Fortunately and unfortunately, this leads to vintage variability and no two vintages are alike. The hope, as usual, is to have adequate rainfall going forward, as it would be difficult to face the summer months without ample supply of groundwater. In consideration of our environment, and to remove the grass in a very sustainable manner, we use mechanical means like the one shown in the following video. This machine is equipped with a feeler to avoid damage to the vines.  The feeler feels the presence of the trunk or the beanpole, and works carefully between the vines. This work is possible because the soil is dry. If it had rained, this and other works would not be possible....

New White Wine Vineyards

While of course our focus in Montalcino is red wine, see receive increasing requests from our customers for white wines.  With this in mind,  this year we are planting new vineyards of Vermentino and Chardonnay. The soil has been previously worked and it is located in the lower elevations of the estate, where it is possible to irrigate and the specific microclimate is a better fit for white wines. The estate keeps growing and we are always more convinced that quality is made in the vineyards.  This is the reason why we have decided to increasingly become self sufficient and produce all the grapes we need for our whites in our own vineyards (as we have done for years with our red wines) so to further increase the quality of our white wines The selections of the vines  is made from a high quality nursery with which we have been cooperating over the last 40...