2010 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1162546 95 points James Suckling

 Lots of meat, spice and ripe fruit on then nose with hints of blackberry and black cherry. Orange peel too! Full body, dense and velvety with lots of ripe and rich fruit as well as soft texture. Lots of depth and richness. Plenty on the finish. Layers of character here. Needs another three or four years to come together in bottle.  (12/2014)

94 points Vinous

 Claudia Ferrero 2010 Brunello di Montalcino jumps from the glass with exotic dark fruit, smoke, leather, spices and menthol. Juicy, dark and seductive, the 2010 boasts tremendous depth and tons of pure harmony. Lavender, dried herbs, smoke and tobacco add further veins of complexity on the powerful, structured finish. This is a very strong effort and a true winner from Claudia Ferrero. The 2010 spent 22 days on the skins and was aged for two years in French oak casks. (AG)  (2/2015)

K&L Notes

Claudia Ferrero and her husband/winemaker Pablo Härri's estate is called the Podere Pascena and it sits in the southwesterly corner of Montalcino where they are bordered by Argiano and Banfi's Riserva vineyard "Poggio all'Oro". The small production of this wine which averages about 600 cases per year is aged in two French Allier casks of 21 and 30 hectoliters (that's big) for 2 years and then in bottle for another two years before release. (Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2015 | Send Email
Two BIG STARS for this Brunello, and Bravo to our friends Pablo Harri and his wife Claudia Ferrero, this is the best to date that we have been carrying this producer. This vintage brings in more terroir than previous years very well balanced and a finish that will bring you into next week (long).

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/24/2014 | Send Email
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One of the curious attributes of the stellar 2010 vintage is that most wines are darker in color than normal, Ferrero is no different and the lustrous sheen should prep you for what is coming up. The nose is full of tight black cherry aromatics, focused, vibrant and penetrating. On the palate the first thing I noticed was the length and balance, normally in Ferrero I usually find it’s the weight and richness in the first sensation but this wines’ incredible balance just jumps out at you. The flavors are saturated, dense, layered and all held in perfect balance, the black cherry is accented with hints of earth and spice and the finish goes on and on. The best wine Ferrero has produced.
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- 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.


- 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.


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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.