Brunello di Montalcino, 2012

  Cerbaiona

Very intense and tightly woven, a classic vin de garde. A real titan in the traditional mould, it gradually opens up to reveal dark berry fruits, touches of blueberry and background notes of sweet wild strawberry. The fruit is infused with a strong sweet spice and savoury dimension, liquorice, forest floor, leather and tobacco leaf. A wine of real gravitas that builds and builds the longer it is open. From 3 hectares of vineyard situated at 400 metres above sea level in the north eastern part of Montalcino, planted with cuttings from the Biondi Santi estate. The wine is aged for 30 months in large Slavonian oak casks.

Contains Sulphites.

About Cerbaiona

The estate was founded in 1977 by Diego and Nora Molinari. The vineyard spans just three hectares on the north eastern side of Montalcino at 400 metres above sea level, planted with cuttings from the Biondi Santi estate. This micro-Brunello is anything but micro in style, very much made in the grand and traditional Biondi Santi style. The winemaking is non-interventionist and ageing takes place for 30 months in large Slavonian oak casks. Cerbaiona is a Brunello for cellaring that displays intensity, muscle, freshness and complexity. In 2015 Diego, at the age of 84, sold the estate.

Appellation: Tuscany

Tuscany (or Toscana) is a large region made up of many significant smaller areas that are known across the world for the level of quality that they produce. Brunello di Montalcino, Bolgheri and Chianti can both be found here as well as the infamous "Super Tuscans".

Grape Type: Sangiovese

Meaning Blood of Jove, or Jupiter, Sangiovese is the noble grape of Chianti, Carmignano, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montpulciano. A fussy grape to grow, but when done properly can produce some of the world’s most enthralling red wines. It can produce lively, sappy young reds with juicy, cherry flavours, as well as more concentrated, long-lived, oak-matured reds with superb, savoury, herb and spice flavours. Quality has soared over the last year as productive clones have been grubbed up and since the old practices of blending it with weak, lean white grape varieties have died down.