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Vintage Report: Tuscany Collection 2022

Vintage Report: Tuscany Collection 2022

Friday 11th November 2022
by Mark Dearing

The hills are alive

We are delighted to introduce the Justerini & Brooks Tuscany Collection 2022

Our Tuscan portfolio is small in scale but high in quality. It is concise. From the Radda hills of Chianti Classico we are exclusive importers for the sanguine, vivid, stony wines of Monteraponi. In Montalcino, we have represented Riccardo Campinoti’s Le Ragnaie estate for almost fifteen years. What was once a (very well-situated) project of relative obscurity, is now one of the most exciting in the whole Brunello zone. In Castelnuovo dell’ Abate, our relationship with the historic Brunello estate Poggio di Sotto continues to strengthen, as the wines are endowed the same limpidity, radiance and glow that long defined them under Piero Palmucci’s watch. On the Tuscan Coast, Grattamacco stands almost alone in its pursuit of fine, crackling Cabernet and Merlot, allied to Sangiovese brilliance and perfume. This hillside vineyard, with its windswept feel, is one of the few in Bolgheri able to ripen Sangiovese healthily. All four of these estates are worked fully organically, by hand. 

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New Tuscan vintages - Benvenuto Brunello

New Tuscan vintages - Benvenuto Brunello

Tuesday 6th March 2018
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Benvenuto Brunello is a wonderful chance to get a broad view of the new Brunello vintage.  Some one hundred and thirty plus producers exhibit at this annual event, all under one roof. 

This year was the turn of 2013 Brunellos and 2012 Riservas.  The trip also offered me the opportunity to break out and explore the rest of Tuscany and its new vintages. Here’s what I learned: 

Brunello 2013 – is a highly promising vintage, a potentially great one, and at its best better than the higher five-star rated 2012 vintage.  Montalcino wines rarely struggle for power or density, so these cooler rainier vintages, when handled correctly, can produce excellent results – adding a rare finesse and vibrancy to these naturally well-built wines.  It was no wash out, either, good weather dominating the latter part of summer from end of July onwards. The 2013s show good intensity and great balance, suggesting excellent ageing potential. Of course not everything will be great, many producers still pick too late, extract too much or, a new trend, pick very early. In the latter case, when taken to the extreme, this can yield rather lean, mean wines with aggressive tannins, tart fruit and hollow middles.  There were more of these in evidence than I can remember.  But back to good examples, though, which are in a majority, they are complete and want for nothing.  More discrete than the blockbuster but well-formed 2010s, but don’t miss them – allow them time  and aeration and they become hugely rewarding.  As ethereal as Brunello gets.