Brunello di Montalcino


100% Sangiovese Grosso. The first plot planted by the Padovanis was this 1.6-hectare hillside plot which they named Bosco for the woodlands or "bosco" completely surrounding  this spectacular south-facing site. Because the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG had been closed to any further additions of acreage, Fonterenza had to seek an exception, which was granted and allows them a mere one hectare's worth of fruit under a Brunello label (rest goes into Rosso di Montalcino or Pettirosso).

The farming has been organic from the beginning. The soils are the classic galestro, a blend of clay and schist; they are worked by hand and treated proactively with biodynamic preparations as well as minimal copper or sulfur as needed; grasses and other wild plants grow between the rows.The harvest is by hand in 2-4 passes generally to obtain ideal ripeness and health of the fruit.

The vinification and aging of Fonterenza's Brunello is traditional. The fruit is fermented in tank with native yeasts, macerated for 30-40 days and aged up to 4 years in a range of bottii (a variety, from 11-20 hectoliters and  Slavonian, German and other wood). Bottled without filtration in 2018. 

90 points
"Dusty cherry, cedar, pretty florals, crushed stone and hints of undergrowth are all present in the understated yet soulful 2014 Brunello di Montalcino. The 2014 is seemingly weightless, as pretty notes of floral-laced strawberry give way to saline-minerality. The finish is long, with hints of fine tannin radiating beneath an air of red berry fruits and inner florals, and a slight twang of residual acidity. A victim of the vintage, most likely; yet this is a beautiful bottle of wine that I’m eager to pour another glass from. Made from one hectare of the family’s original vines."
Eric Guido,
, April 2020

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