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Le Ragnaie, Brunello di Montalcino "Casanovina Montosoli" , 2019


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Le Ragnaie is the greatest thing to emerge in Montalcino so far this century. It may be the greatest thing to emerge in Montalcino since the rise of Soldera, with whom they have much in common: an uncompromising adherence to tradition (aging exclusively in large neutral Slavonian oak barrels, ultra-long macerations), natural farming, minimal intervention in the cellar, and excellent terroir.

But there is one way in which Le Ragnaie stands apart from Soldera that makes their wines even more extreme: high altitudes. Le Ragnaie farms the highest altitude vines in Brunello di Montalcino! Some vineyards are so high up that they are above Brunello di Montalcino's legal limit of 600 meters.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 97
"The 2019 Brunello di Montalcino Casanovina Montosoli captures the imagination, blending savoury herbs with fresh mint, dusty black cherry and camphor. On the palate it is pure elegance, silky-smooth and supple with cool red fruits accompanied by salty minerals, while cloves mingle with orange nuances towards the end. The finish is surprisingly fresh yet youthfully balanced. The angular tannins provide a crisp feel, leaving subtle traces of rose petals and a hint of worn leather. This harmonious beauty will give pleasure for decades to come, but patience is required."

Robert Parker

RP 97
"The Le Ragnaie 2019 Brunello di Montalcino Casanovina Montosoli has a medium concentration and beautiful aromas of cherries, redcurrants, minerals, watercolours and an overall riper bouquet, at least compared to the Passo del Lume Spento. These vines grow at an altitude of 300 metres on mixed clay soils near Baricci. It is more powerful and has a spicy component with leather or mild tobacco, which changes over time and eventually turns into a certain sweetness. Structurally, this is a very beautiful wine."

Jancis Robinson

JR 18
"Straight, medium ruby red colour with a light rim. Elevated, sweetly perfumed and of great purity. Still very compact and backward, but at the same time supple and rich in finely milled tannins. Still a little embryonic, but spectacularly balanced."


D 97
"From a prime, east-facing parcel on Montosoli’s limestone rich, slatey soil, Casanovina was planted in 1999 and acquired by Le Ragnaie in 2014. Innate breeding oozes from the 2019: gracious and becoming, if not overt. Lifted violet and lavender blossom scents slowly emerge before a trace of sweet damp earth lends a grounding character. This expands over the palate with a generosity of fruit hemmed in by powdery tannins. While imposing at first, they yield supplely. Finishes with succulent, stony minerals. Exciting."


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