Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Wine name:Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Appellation:BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO RISERVA DOCG
Zone:Montalcino (province of Siena)
Vineyard extension (hectares):4.3
Vineyard age (year of planting):Sangiovese 1989,1997
Soil Type:Galestro, calcareous marly schists, white clay
Exposure:Panomaric South-east to South-west. Altitude: 500 - 470 meters above sea level (Podernovone vineyard), 250 meters above sea level (Canalicchio vineyard)
Colour:Deep ruby red with garnet reflections
Nose:Austere and ethereal with leather and black cherry notes, intense and enveloping
Flavour:Remarkable structure with well defined tannins, good acidity, marked personality, typical
Serving temperature (°C):18-20
Match with:Meditation wine. Elaborate red meat dishes, game, seasoned cheese
Average no. bottles/year:4,600
Grape yield per hectare tons:4
Vine training system: cordon spur. Vineyard density: 4,500 vines/hectare. Manual harvest in small cases, starting from the 10th of October
Vinification and ageing
Long fermentation and maceration with the skins for approx. 30 days at a temperature up to 29 degrees Celsius in steel. Malolactic fermentation in steel. Maturation for 30 months in large Slavonian oak casks of a capacity of 20 hectoliters and for further 6 months in casks of a capacity of 30 to 40 hectoliters. Finishing in the bottle for 24 months.
Address:Loc. Podernovone, 157 53024 Montalcino SI
Owner:Laura Vacca Brunelli
Total annual production:30000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):6.5
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):0.5ha Merlot 6ha Sangiovese
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:Grass is left or not depending on the vigour of the vines
Type of viticulture:practicing organic
Harvest period:mid October
Agronomist:Laura Brunelli with the supervision of an agronomist (a friend of Laura's)
Gianni Brunelli, a man of many interests, established "Osteria Le Logge" in Siena (which has become one of the top restaurants of the city). In 1987 Gianni returned to Montalcino and purchased Le Chiuse di Sotto, an estate that had belonged to his father Dino, with two hectares of vineards standing at 200 meters above sea level in the northern part of the area.
In 1989 Sangiovese for the production of Brunello and of Rosso started being grown again. The vines of a small plot are still the original ones planted by Dino in 1947.
The "Podernovone" estate was subsequently purchased. The property has a magnificent view on Monte Amiata and is endowed with 4.5 hectares standing at 350 meters above sea level, mainly Sangiovese with a small percentage of Merlot (that goes into the IGT/proprietary wine "Amor Costante"). The soil of Podernovone, made up of calcareous-marly schists, reflects light and heat thus favouring the ripening of the grapes. The different climate of the two properties (fresh and airy at Le Chiuse di Sotto with a lot of rain in the summer and warmer and ventilated at Podernovone) results in complex and elegant wines.
After Gianni passed away in 2008, his wife Laura, who already used to work with him at the estates and at the restaurant, takes care of the production and of the marketing of the wines.
Paolo Vagaggini, one of the major experts of Sangiovese, is the winemaker. The vineyards are followed directly by Laura Brunelli with the supervision of an agronomist, a friend of hers.