2007 La Lecciaia "Manapetra" Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1114361 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 A vineyard-designated Brunello with sharp clarity and purity. Sangiovese aromas of wild berry, earth, pressed blue flower and forest floor. Lively and direct on the palate, with integrated acidity and firm structure. — M.L.  (5/ 2012)

92 points James Suckling

 Very ripe fruit on the nose verging on jam. Full-bodied, with round and soft tannins and a intensely fruit aftertaste. Give it a year or two to come together more.  (1/ 2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Wild, smoky aromas of raspberry, earth, dried flowers and truffle. Sweet, concentrated and seamless, showing a seamless texture to the flavors of plum, redcurrant and underbrush. No shortage of energy or definition here. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and enticing lingering sweetness.  (7/ 2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Manapetra is made in a lighter, more ethereal style than the regular bottling. Floral notes lead to expressive fruit in this medium-bodied, classy Brunello. Firm tannins give the wine its length and sense of proportion. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.  (4/ 2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This is fresh, featuring cherry, licorice, leather and balsamic aromas and flavors. In a lighter style, this remains elegant, with a fine coating of dusty tannins. Best from 2013 through 2022. 500 cases made. –BS  (10/ 2012)

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/4/2014  | Send Email
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What is not to love about this Brunello? I bow to our Italian wine buyer Greg St Clair for finding this gem, direct import from winery so we can enjoy this top quality, great vintage Brunello di Montalcino at an amazing price. Both 2007 and 2008 were great vintage for the region but I find myself favor the 2007 for its classic rustic characteristics. For the Italians wine and food goes hand in hand, this wine offers ripe dense fruit, full complex palate, firm and dense tannin, and good acidity on the finish. Decant, sip, and wait while you cook your favorite hearty meal (Braised Oxtail, Osso Bucco, Grilled Ribeye, or meatloaf anyone?) then sit back, enjoy, and let the magic happen...
Top Value!

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/29/2012  | Send Email
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A very special single vineyard designate from La Lecciaia. This wine shows the ripeness and sheer power of the 2007 vintage but without being a fruit bomb. There is still enough "Montalcino" (read Terroir) in here to please classic Brunello enthusiasts. Notes of scorched earth, leather and a slight ferrous note. A wine of huge depth that will continue to develop for a decade plus.
Drink from 2014 to 2024

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/15/2012  | Send Email
This is a lovley offering from the 2007 vintage in Montalcino. Pretty bright cherry, cherry pipe tobacco, licorice, exotic spice, a hint of game and a little bit of a woodsy note on the nose make it a very intriguing wine from the get go. On the palate the wine is not as dense as one would expect from the intensity of the aromas, but what it lacks in power, it more than makes up in finesse. In fact, this is easily one of the most elegant Brunelli I've had from 2007, and almost makes me think of Burgundy. Silky tannins firm up on the finish, and the flavors linger forever. When many of the 2007 Brunelli shout, this one sings. Lovely wine, and a great value to boot.

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/17/2012  | Send Email
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Manapetra is the name of a creek running on the edge of the La Lecciaia estate about 4.5 km southeast of the town of Montalcino and gives its name to their premier vineyard site. This wine has all of the classic richness of the 2007 vintage but shows great structure, depth and length. The ripe wild cherry fruit fills your glass and beckons forth the layers of spice, earth, leather and is reminiscent of a bit of air you’d smell on a walk in the Tuscan countryside. The tannins are sweet and very fine grain but show the wine has big, powerful shoulders that carry through across the palate. Manapetra has a very supple texture that makes it drinkable now but it will age well for another decade plus.
Drink from 2012 to 2022

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.
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Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5