Vignavecchia

Vignavecchia

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Made only in select vintages, this is the estate’s smallest and most prized cru. Produced from a tiny, west-facing, 2-hectare (5 acres) vineyard planted on a steep hill in 1988, this is the winery’s oldest and most prized vineyard block.

 

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Climate trend

One of the best vintages in the last twenty years. The entire growing cycle of the vine took place under the best possible conditions. A cold winter with frequent heavy rainfall and low temperatures gave way to a dry spring with slightly above average temperatures , enabling uniform budding and perfect flowering. Showers in the summer months were scarce but fortunately heavy, which made it possible to carry out sustainable and environmentally friendly pest and disease management. Hot, sunny days with excellent day-night temperature variations enabled the bunches to achieve ideal ripening by the end of September: the berries were perfectly healthy and acidity was high, despite elevated sugar concentration.  The harvest of Sangiovese, which was completed by the end of the month, delivered perfectly healthy grapes with a very thick skin, a prerequisite for long macerations and for wines with great ageing potential.

Vintage rating

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Grape varieties

Grape varieties

Sangiovese 100%

Soil

Vineyard

Vignavecchia - 2 hectares (4.94 acres)

Harvest

Grapes are hand harvested in small 17 kg crates during the first October weeks

Bottle

Size

750 / 1.5 lt / 3 lt

Barrel

Vinification

Soft crushing of the grapes after careful selection of the berries

Ageing

30 months in lightly-toasted  600 litres tonneaux with thick staves. This is followed by at least 6 months of bottle ageing before its market release.

Fermentation

In 600 litres tonneaux

Malolactic fermentation

In 600 litres tonneaux

Awards

93

Wine Spectator

Guida 2021 - I fratelli Allegrini ci hanno preso la mano a Montalcino. Hanno iniziato qualche anno fa con vini buoni ma non strepitosi e poi, anno via anno, sono cresciuti ed ora dispiegano addirittura tre etichette di Brunello con il Vignavecchia che si prende la posizione più importante e forse ancora con margini di crescita.
94

Wine Enthusiast

Guida Vitae 2021
95+

Wine Advocate

Elenco dei vini che ci sono piaciuti di più tra i quasi 200 degustati di questa meravigliosa annata: li abbiamo divisi tra 15 Brunello e 20 selezioni o cru. - https://www.doctorwine.it/degustazioni/note-di-degustazione/brunello-di-montalcino-2016-le-degustazioni
3 bicchieri

Vini d'Italia del Gambero Rosso

100

James Suckling

vedi guida 2021
4 viti

Guida Vitae - AIS

“Aromas of pine, blue flower, wild herb and menthol take shape on the fragrant nose. The firm, linear palate delivers Marasca cherry, spiced cranberry, licorice and tobacco before finishing on a hint of coffee. Tightly wound, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity keep it well balanced, but it’s still youthfully austere and needs time to fully develop. Drink 2026–2046. Trinchero Family Estates. Cellar Selection.” —Kerin O’Keefe
3 stelle oro, 95

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

This is the smallest production and the most precious of the new single-vineyard wines envisaged by the lovely and dynamic First Lady of Italian wine, Marilisa Allegrini (a personal hero of mine). Her San Polo 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vignavecchia is a rich and tightly compact Sangiovese with layered aromas of dark fruit, ripe cherry, cola, spice and potting soil. These old vines are planted on a very steep and labor-intensive slope measuring about two hectares at a breezy and cool 450 meters above sea level. The soils are rich in Galestro and a complicated mix of minerals that all magically add to the sharpness and the direct personality of this 3,000-bottle release. Thanks to those evident tannins, I'm expanding my suggested drinking window.
3 stelle oro, 95

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

94

Guida Essenziale ai Vini d'Italia di Daniele Cernilli - DoctorWine

A very rich and rather opulent 2016 Brunello, offering cherries, dark berries and walnut shells with dark chocolate and dark mushrooms. It’s full and layered with chewy tannins and a tight finish. Old vines. Give it time to open. Try after 2024.

3 stelle oro, 95

Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli

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