2011 Brunello di Montalcino Uccelliera



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Average critic rating : 94.0 points

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The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino shows an impressive level of richness and density that starts with a long succession of black fruit aromas, dried cherry, spice, leather and tobacco. There are evident hints of the warm vintage that become apparent thanks to the blackness of the fruit and the general softness of the aromas. The wine's texture is yielding and dense with extra layers of plump fruit and chewy richness. This the proverbial "restaurant Brunello" that will drink beautifully in the near and medium-term. It already tastes spectacular and is beautifully fleshed out at this young age. Andrea Cortonesi has hit a series of home runs with his 2011 Brunello di Montalcino and his 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. I also tasted two vintages of his IGT Costabate (100% Sangiovese), but was less impressed by those heavily-oaked expressions. It hardly matters though because the quality of his Brunello is so stratospheric, you need worry about little less. Andrea seems unfazed by his success and this is his more endearing and engaging quality. My visit to his winery this year coincided with lunch, so I got to meet his mother, his wife and his vivacious daughter (who had the day off from school) all in one go. You can't help but admire a man who surrounds himself with such strong female figures. I returned to his winery later in the afternoon to taste through his newer vintages in barrel and got a very good sense of what the next few years will offer. If you love true and tested Brunello, I highly recommend Uccelliera. Since 2004, Andrea started using cryomaceration techniques (with up to ten days of maceration with the 2011 vintage) and 2003 was the last year he used commercial yeasts. Mar 2016, eRobertParker.com, Drink: 2017-2030

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The nose opens with intense spice, espresso and black cherry. Powerful on the palate with firm tannins and intense concentration of cassis, baking spice and dark chocolate with cherry on the finish. Nice density and definitely one of the bigger wines of the vintage. March 2016

Founded in 1986 by Andrea Cortonesi, Ucceliera’s wines are stylistically more forward, deeper and richer than many. Andrea himself has been working the land in Montalcino since he was a boy and is passionate about his vines, his winery and the end product and is a man with a clear mission to make what he believes to be the best.

The estate is found in Castel Nuovo del Abate to the south of Montalcino and covers roughly six hectares. Vineyard management is impeccable, and as natural as possible; in the winery the wines see both large oak casks and barriques and Andrea sees the potential of both. The wines are lovely, with a distinct richesse – Antonio Galloni describes the estate as“without question one of the handful of top producers in Montalcino”



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