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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Le Ragnaie

Region:

Italy

Appellation:

Brunello di Montalcino

Grape Type:

Sangiovese

Brunello di Montalcino, 2012

3x150cl £250.00

3 cases

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6x75cl £210.00

10 cases, 1 bottle

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Tasting Note:

A dry year that produced small berries and low yields that was saved by end of August and early September rains, which allowed vines to finish the ripening process. This has turned out to be a vintage of backbone and strength but with more composure than the heady and wild 2011. Impeccably balanced flavours of small red fruits and spices, red cherry, strawberry and spiced meats fortified by a solid tannic backbone. Assured, complex and crisply-defined. 60% of the grapes for this blend come from vines at Ragnaie itself, at 550 metres above sea level, the highest vines in Montalcino, complemented by grapes coming from Petroso and Castelnuovo dell’Abate. The wine is aged in large used wooden cask for 36 months.

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