UCCELLIERA’S BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO RISERVA DOCG 2015
If Italy had a “Grand Cru” status, Uccelliera’s Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2015 would take the reign. This 2015 was only released into the market at the beginning of 2021. That’s an incredible combination of patience and confidence on the part of its producer, but it’s also the law in the Montalcino region of Tuscany.
Wines given the ‘Riserva’ designation have a minimum aging requirement of five years, including (at least) two years in oak barrels and six months in bottles, and are ‘officially’ released six years from the vintage year.
So, it’s safe to say that Montalcino’s vintners are (a) comfortable holding onto valuable inventory for what would seem like an eternity to most business owners; and (b) confident that the end result is worth the wait.
This wine represents the apex of expression of one of the world’s most celebrated red-wine terroirs. Uccelliera only chooses a few vintages a decade to craft a Riserva bottling. Rich, ripe and powerful, these are pleasure driven wines that will drink well now, and will age gracefully for the next three decades.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
…An enticing version…vibrant character…round and solidly built…
98 Points / Collectible
Wine Spectator, June 2021
“If you love true and tested Brunello, I highly recommend Uccelliera.” – Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
“Andrea Cortonesi reflects the best of the artisan spirit in Montalcino. The Uccelliera wines are rich, layered and beautifully textured.” – Antonio Galloni
“Without a shadow of a doubt, Andrea Cortonesi of Uccelliera lands high on my list of favorite Brunello di Montalcino producers.” – Robert Parker’s, The Wine Advocate
UCCELLIERA’S BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO RISERVA DOCG 2015: CHARACTERISTICS
BODY / STYLE / OAK / Full-bodied / warm and spicy, earthy, fruity, floral, mineral / Oaked
SWEETNESS / Extra Dry
CELLARING / Drink now or cellar
BEST PAIRINGS / Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
TASTING NOTE / “An enticing version, whose vibrant character sets the pace for fresh black cherry, blackberry, iron and tobacco, with a frame of oak spice. Round and solidly built, this persists with lingering accents of fruit, mineral and spice. Best from 2024 through 2048. 800 cases made.”
THE PRODUCER: UCCELLIERA
Andrea Cortonesi started Uccelliera in 1991 producing only 500 bottles! He crafts his wines on the northern hill, which counter-intuitively produces the fullest bodied wines in all of Brunello. Rich, ripe and powerful, these are pleasure driven wines that will drink well now, and improve for decades.
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