2006 Collina dei Lecci Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1220234 94 points Vinous

 La Lecciaia's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is beautifully layered in the glass, with gorgeous intrigue, depth and personality all on full display. There is a sense of translucent finesse in the 2010 that is impossible to miss. Sweet red cherry, stone fruit, mint and wild flowers all grace the exquisite finish. What a pretty wine this is. (AG)  (2/2015)

92 points James Suckling

 This shows so much ripe fruit that it verges on being Port-like in the nose. Full body, with lots of fruit and soft and velvety tannins. This will please so many drinkers that love fruit forward wines. Yet it remains so Brunello. Drink now or hold.  (12/2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 After a string of vintages that left me less convinced, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino represents a turning point for La Lecciaia. This is the best base Brunello I have tasted from this producer. The wine is dark and savory with loads of Indian spice, cured meat and dried fruit. But the bouquet feels a lot cleaner and tighter than we have seen in the past. Dark espresso bean and black licorice are folded within. The fruit does feel evolved compared to its peers, but this wine is still very much in the running. It also represents a good value, especially for Brunello novices. (ML)  (2/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Licorice, leather and mint flavors trump the cherry and berry notes in this savory, balanced red, with a lively structure and fine length. Best from 2017 through 2030. (Web Only—2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Quite developed-looking ruby with orange rim. Lifted, fresh and appealing. Pretty perfect Sangiovese nose with hints of orange skin as well as a hint of tar suggesting speedy development. Lovely austere cherry palate. Elegant and with marked acidity.  (1/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 Garnet colored with brick tones around the rim, this offers aromas of underbrush, vanilla, leather and dried berry. The palate is still rather closed but displays dried red cherry, white pepper, clove and savory herb alongside austere tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2017–2022.  (5/2015)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2015 | Send Email
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With an overflowing cornucopia of superb Brunellos to choose from in this most treasured vintage, finding a truly memorable one for under $40 may not be that easy, but this classic, well-delineated version delivers an array of savory, spicy dark fruit, magnificent depth and effortless elegance. Ripe plums, black cherries, leather, roasted coffee, tinges of asphalt and smoked jerky enliven the palate, followed by smoothly-structured tannins and pinpoint acidity. A delicious wine now in its ‘got game’ youth, it will evolve gracefully for another decade. Buy a case or two and treat yourself to this fantastic wine as it goes through its paces....
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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/23/2015 | Send Email
Acquired by Mauro Pacini in 1983, La Lecciaia is a beautiful farm nestled in Tuscany between some of the oldest producers of Brunellos in Italy. Its 2010 vintage Brunello di Montalcino is a gorgeous rendition of the style with great fruit flavors (cherry, plum, blackberry) that mingle seamlessly with terroir (gravel, smoke, tobacco) to express a powerful wine that’s drinking great now, and will continue to improve for over a decade.
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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/5/2015 | Send Email
One of the best 2010 Brunellos to land for under $40 a bottle, La Lecciaia is a classic representation of the region. Plums, black cherries, leather, baking spice, and a note of loam all envelope the palate with deeply flavorful balance. The richness here is wrapped up in velvety soft tannins and subtle, comfortable acidity. This is drinking beautifully right now, but will undoubtedly improve over the next 10-15 years.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2015 | Send Email
Incredible aromatics jump from the bottle immediately after the cork is pulled. Leather, spice, bright cherry, earth from this classic Brunello. Incredible value for the price!
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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2015 | Send Email
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This one is a no-brainer at this price. It is from the gorgeous 2010 vintage and will cellar extremely well for the next 15 years or so. It has that typical, deep Brunello cherry fruit but, this release from La Lecciaia ups the ante by adding savory spices, tobacco, earth and coffee flavors. While some of our 2010's are more "New World," this release tends toward the Old World, classically styled Brunello. Long finish with really nice acidity. To enjoy now, decant for about an hour or two.
Drink from 2015 to 2030

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/13/2015 | Send Email
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The nose is full of plum, spice, leather, gravel and smoke, that might seem a disparate blend for some of you but it is a heavenly flow of aromatics that escape your glass. On the palate the wine is classic, a long, vibrant flow from front to back that is layers of wild cherry, smoke and leather couched in a richly textured center. Superb balance and vibrant, classic aromatics, at the price an unbelievable deal.
Drink from 2015 to 2030

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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.