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

The 2019 vintage turned out to be a patchy and inconsistent year from beginning to end, starting with early growth and ending with a late harvest. Due to an unusual winter that was harsh at the beginning and mild towards the end, budding was quite early, while the initial vegetative growth was slow due to the soil’s scarce water reserves. In the month of May, abundant rainfall and below-average temperatures slowed down growth, cancelling out the initial vegetative advance, and thereby accumulating a delay of about 2 weeks compared with the average season. The beginning of June coincided with the beginning of summer, with clear weather and high temperatures continuing each day until August which was marked by cooler temperatures and some rain that was useful for replenishing the land’s water reserves. This uneven trend continued until the harvest, which turned out to be one of the latest in recent years.

Vintage rating

Grape varieties

Grape varieties

Sangiovese 100%



Vignavecchia - 2 hectares (4.94 acres)


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



750 / 1.5 lt / 3 lt



Soft crushing of the grapes after careful selection of the berries


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.


In 600 litres tonneaux

Malolactic fermentation

In 600 litres tonneaux



James Suckling

A rich, structured and intense 2019 Brunello from old vines. Lots of wood showing right now. Full body, chewy tannins and a full finish. A little too muscular, but there’s red-cherry, mushroom and old wood-bark character under the flex. From organically grown grapes. Should soften with age. Wait and see. Try after 2026

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