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UCCELLIERA

Website:http://www.uccelliera-montalcino.it

Address:Podere Uccelliera, 45 - Fraz. Castelnuovo dell'Abate 53020 Montalcino SI

Owner:Andrea Cortonesi

Year of establishment:1986

Average annual production:50,000 (bottles)

Total vineyard extension (hectares):6.3

Planted varietals and extension (hectares):Cabernet sauvignon - 0.1 ha
Merlot - 0.18 ha
Sangiovese selected in Montalcino - 6 ha

Vine training system:
Cordon spur

Cultivation method in the vineyard:the aisles (between the rows of vines) are tilled

Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable

Harvest period:First half of October

Agronomist:Andrea Cortonesi

Oenologist:Andrea Cortonesi

Notes:

For all wines criomaceration (cold maceration with the skins at 10-12 degrees Celsius) is carried out at the beginning of vinification for a number of days which varies depending on the characteristics of the grapes. With this method the population of yeast is increased and 50% of the alcoholic fermentation takes place at a temperature under 20 degrees Celsius. The colour, notes of fresh and red fruit are enhanced, the tannins are more supple, the wines do not oxydise later on  and a lower quantity of SO2 can be used.

Special contents

Read the article on the Brunello di Montalcino  2010 of our selection

Brunello 2010

Read the article on the Brunello di Montalcino 2011 of our selection

Brunello 2011

Read the article on the Brunello di Montalcino 2012 of our selection

Brunello 2012

History

Andrea Cortonesi, owner of Uccelliera, is a person who could be described as "salt of the earth": the only son of a farming family, he has worked in the fields since he was a teenager helping his father. Andrea is not only an extremely talented winemaker, but he is also a fine entrepreneur who managed to purchase in 1986, entirely thanks to his own devices, the initial four hectares of the estate, consisting of an ancient homestead and half a hectare of old vineyards. In the following years more vineyards, standing in different positions in respect to the homestead, were added so to reach the present extension of 6 hectares. To produce Brunello and Rosso by blending vineyards with different exposures and soils is a specific choice so that the character of each vintage and of the terroir can be expressed following a "mimimum handling" philosophy. This is pursued through natural vineyard management. Andrea's efforts continue in the cellar (a new cellar has been added to the old one and they are both built underground) where the wines rest at a constant and natural temperature. At present Uccelliera is without any doubt one of the top estates of Montalcino, the Brunello and Rosso are complex, intense extemely supple and drinkable. A small quantity of an IGT/proprietary wine, Rapace (meaning "bird of prey" in line with the name of the estate), a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet is also produced.
In 2006 Andrea started a new project, together with other producers of the area friends of his, with the aim of enhancing the different aspects of the extraordinary terroir of Montalcino, and a Rosso and a Brunello are bottled under the brand-name of “Voliero”. The vineyards stand at an altitude of 250-450 meters above sea level with various exposures and the vines are between 10 and 20 years old. These wines are the expression of this terroir and show finesse rather than complexity. The style is traditional: the wine rests in large Slavonian and French oak casks , the Brunello for 30 months and the Rosso for four months. The wines are vinified at the estates of the friends of Andrea’s while bottling takes place at Uccelliera. The touch of Andrea is unmistakable in these two lovely wines!

WINES by this producer

Wine name:Brunello di Montalcino

Appellation:BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG

Zone:Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Montalcino (province of Siena)

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Wine name:Brunello di Montalcino "Voliero"

Appellation:BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG

Zone:Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Sant'Angelo (Montalcino - province of Siena)

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Wine name:Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Appellation:BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO RISERVA DOCG

Zone:Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Montalcino (province of Siena)

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Wine name:Costabate Toscana IGT

Appellation:TOSCANA IGT

Zone:Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Montalcino (province of Siena)

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Wine name:Rosso di Montalcino

Appellation:ROSSO DI MONTALCINO DOC

Zone:Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Montalcino (province of Siena)

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Wine name:Rosso di Montalcino "Voliero"

Appellation:ROSSO DI MONTALCINO DOC

Zone:Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Montalcino (province of Siena)

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Wine name:Toscana Rosso IGT Rapace

Appellation:TOSCANA ROSSO IGT

Zone:Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Montalcino (province of Siena)

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