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Cortonesi La Mannella Brunello di Montalcino 2019

 

Overview

 

A rich ruby red with orange reflections. The nose is deep and complex with notes of dark fruit on the first wave, followed by soft spices, toasted almond, tilled earth and grilled herbs. The nose follows through to the palate, accented by a playful touch of sweet cherry on the close.

 

Wine Facts

VITICULTURE: The grapes for this wine come from the heart of Montalcino, on 20 acres of family-owned vines situated both on a 1,000-foot hill on north side of the city (near the Montosoli Zone) and on the southeast side (in the East Zone). One of the coolest growing areas in the appellation at moderate 1,150 feet above sea level. The soil on the north side is rocky clay, with excellent exposure to the sun and many stones, while the soil on the south side is clay with sandy soil of good drainage.

2019 was seen as a near-perfect harvest and a historic vintage, marked by the true acidity and freshness of Sangiovese. It offers the same great structure as hallmark vintages like 2016 and 2010.

VINIFICATION: After careful selection of the hand-picked grapes, fermentation takes place with maceration for 20 days in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures between 78.8° F – 86° F. The wine then spends 36 months in 3000- liter Slavonian oak casks. The combination of great passion for winemaking of the Cortonesi family, the high altitude, diversity of soils and traditional winemaking process gives to the La Mannella Brunello di Montalcino great finesse, elegance, and immense aging potential.

FAMILY: Brunello di Montalcino of Tuscany has been called “The King of Wines” and this “king” is what Cortonesi specializes in. The Cortonesis established La Mannella in the ‘70s, covering 138 acres in one of the most storied areas of the entire region of Montalcino, but only 19 of those acres are dedicated to producing a world- class Brunello. They started commercially selling their wine in 1985. Today, the wines are in the more-than-capable hands of Tommaso Cortonesi, a third-generation winemaker.

The first vintage of Cortonesi’s Brunello came in 1990, which took advantage of the rocky, well-drained soils of the vineyard site, ensuring a long-aging wine. Modern technological advances, too, go a long way in producing outstanding wine.


Producer: Cortonesi
Region: DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany 
Country: Italy
Wine Composition: 100% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 14.5 %
Total Acidity: 6 G/L
Residual Sugar: 0 G/L
pH: 3.4

Press Highlights

2019: 94 Pts - James Suckling, Sept 2023
2018: 95 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2023
2018: 94 Pts #38 of the Best 50 Wines of 2023 – VinePair, Nov 2023
2018: 93 Pts - Jeb Dunnuck, Mar 2023
2018: 93 Pts - Wine Advocate, Mar 2023
2017: 94 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2022
2017: 93 Pts - Wine Advocate, Feb 2022
2017: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Oct 2021
2017: 92 Pts - Wine Spectator, June 2022
2017: 92 Pts ‘One of the “Top 10 Best Value Brunello di Montalcino 2017 Wines” – Decanter, Jan 2022
2017: 90 Pts - Vinous, Dec 2021
2016: 95 Pts - James Suckling, Nov, 2020
2016: 94 Pts - Wine Advocate, Nov 2020
2016: 94 Pts - Wine Enthusiast,May 2021
2016: 93 Pts - Wine Spectator, June 2021
2016: 93 Pts - Wine & Spirits, May 2022
2016: 93 Pts - Vinous, Nov 2020
2015: 94 Pts - James Suckling, Nov 2019
2015: 94 Pts - Wine Advocate, Jan 2020
2013: 93+ Pts - Wine Advocate, Feb. 2018
2013: 92+ Pts - Vinous, Apr 2018
2013: 92 Pts - James Suckling, Sept. 2018
2013: 91 Pts - Wine Spectator, June 2018
2012: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, May 2017
2012: 91 Pts - Vinous, Mar 2017
2012: 90 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Apr 2017
2011: 91 Pts - Wine Spectator, June 2016
2010: 95 Pts - James Suckling, Jan. 2015
2010: 92 Pts - Wine Spectator, June 2015
2010: 92 Pts - Vinous, Feb. 2016
2010: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate #211, Feb. 2015
2009: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate #211, Feb. 2014

 

 

 
 
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