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Padelletti, Brunello di Montalcino, 2017

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The village of Montalcino is one of the most spectacular sites in a region famous for its postcard ready beauty. Perched atop a hill in Southern Tuscany, it perfectly encapsulates the iconoclastic look that visitors have enjoyed for centuries. And as a bonus it is surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the world’s most noble and elegant wines from Sangiovese.

There are many dozens of wineries and castellos that dot the hills in all directions, but today there is only one that still makes their wine entirely in the heart of the village: Padelletti. The family has been making wine in their ancient cellar beneath the villa for at least 450 years, located on Via Padelletti, an honor given to the family for helping to construct the wall that surrounds Montalcino.

The family’s vineyards are located Northeast of the village on the slope of the hill facing east. This spot is a bit cooler and allows for excellent balance of power and finesse. The farming has been organic for many years and the Brunello vines are 30-50 years old.

In the cellar little has changed in many generations. The fermentation occurs with natural yeast in glass lined cement tanks and maceration lasts about 3 weeks. Then everything ages in large, Slavonian oak (ok, they do have one, 30 hectoliter, old French barrel just because) for 2 years, and an additional year plus in bottle before release.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 93
"The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino wafts up with a classic bouquet of dusty dried cherries rubbed sage and hints of underbrush and worn leather. It?s elegant yet light on its feet presenting a pure display of bright red berries and savory spices as an air of balsam herbs forms toward the close. The tannins are surprisingly well-rounded for this vintage as the 2017 tapers off lightly structured with rosy florals minerals and a lovely freshness that makes it very easy to return to the glass for more. While Sara Rossi of Padelletti spoke of the difficulties of the vintage and the work done in the vineyards and winery to counteract it she also explained that production was average which makes me wonder just how much fruit Padelletti doesn?t use in a normal year. That said this is a total success for the vintage." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 94
"The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino shows dried raspberry and cherry with hints of baked fruit earthy terracotta and clay. These more robust aromas can definitely be associated with the hot and dry conditions present in this growing season. However that Padelletti house style that prizes elegance and graceful fruit is also front and center. This wine cozies up the senses with silky softness and smooth lines." -Robert Parker

Wine Enthusiast

WE 93
"Camphor underbrush coffee bean and tobacco aromas come to the forefront on this full-bodied red. Brawny and brooding the concentrated palate features fleshy black cherry orange zest licorice and espresso set against a backbone of firm fine-grained tannins. Give it several years to let the tannins fully integrate then drink."


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