Brunello di Montalcino, Passo del Lume Spento
    Le Ragnaie

    Brunello di Montalcino, Passo del Lume Spento,



    Le Ragnaie, Brunello di Montalcino, Passo del Lume Spento, 2017

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Le Ragnaie, Brunello di Montalcino, Passo del Lume Spento, 2017

    The debut release of the Passo del Lume Spento as a Brunello, thanks to changes in the appellation which now permits grapes above 600m to qualify. Riccardo’s is a younger vine plot at 621m elevation above the winery, higher up the slope. Now that it is recognised as a Brunello some rather salubrious producers, who will remain nameless, have moved in and planted vineyards too! An intermingling of savoury and sweet, the bouquet betrays touches of leather and sandalwood with fresh red berries, cherry and lavender. Very fresh in style, traces of herb and heather with extra spice on the finish, it’s easy to see how it has its own personality. As things stand, this is the highest vineyard in the entire Brunello di Montalcino denomination.



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    Le Ragnaie

    Le Ragnaie

    Le Ragnaie was a rookie estate established by the young Riccardo and Jennifer Campinoti when they bought the farmhouse and some well-placed old vines back in 2003. Since then they have gone on to become one of the region’s brightest new stars. The estate spreads accross15ha, five of which are in the zone where the cellars are based, Le Ragnaie itself. These vines are the highest of any in Montalcino, at 550 metres above sea level, south facing in the central zone above Soldera di Case Basse. As one of the highest points in the region it became famous for bird catchers, in fact the traditional birdcatchers' net features on the label as part of the winery's logo. The estate takes its name from the fact that this net looked rather like a spider's web (Ragna, in Italian.) Complimenting these vineyards are those from Petroso, a vineyard area along the Scarnacuoia road below the village of Montalcino (one of the oldestwine making zones in the area.) in addition to some from Castelnuovo dell'Abate, a vineyard located in the southern sector of Montalcino in front of the Amiata Mountain, next door to Poggio di Sotto. As of 2015 there is a new single cru, Montosoli, one of the most highly-esteemed zones in the whole of the region, sitting on the north side of Montalcino. Organic viticulture is employed, grapes are hand picked, de-stemmed, fermented and then aged in large 25 hl slavonian oak casks for 36 months. The high vineyards of Ragnaie that form the basis of the blend plus the long, gentle macerations result in enormously charming, aromatic and really quite high toned wines that still manage to retain the requisite power. A unique, extremely drinkable style of Brunello that will sweep you off your feet.

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