2010 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino (Elsewhere $65)

SKU #1249783 95 points Wine Spectator

 Offers terrific aromas of strawberry, currant and medicinal herbs, revealing hints of anise, tobacco and earth, all backed by a firm, vibrant structure. Stays focused and long, with a succulent finish. Best from 2019 through 2036. (BS)  (6/2015)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Aromas of wild berry, savory herb, menthol and toast lead the nose. The vibrant palate delivers crunchy red cherry, eucalyptus, sage and cooking spice alongside youthfully assertive tannins and brisk acidity. It closes on a licorice note. Drink 2020–2030. (KO)  (5/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a full-bodied effort with dark concentration and sweet spice aromas that rise heavily from the glass. The oak element is put on full display and should benefit from a few more years of bottle evolution to better integrate those wood tannins. Dark cherry is followed by toasted almond, cinnamon and crushed black pepper. The wine is very round and yielding on the palate and is one of the few Brunellos from the 2010 vintage that can be consumed not long from now. It would pair next to succulent cuts of lamb. This wine represents a huge jump forward in quality compared to the previous year. (ML)  (2/2015)

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2016 | Send Email
A spice-driven wine that makes ample room for leather, cola, cedar, pipe tobacco, licorice, dark plum and barnyard notes. There’s an earthy, dusty quality to the mouth that amplifies the wine’s smoothness.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2016 | Send Email
La Fiorita is a blend of vineyards from two sides of the ridge that runs through Montalcino, a piece in the southeasterly corner called Pian Bossolino and then on the western slope just outside of Tavarnelle. The wine is aged for 1 year in French oak tonneaux, first and second passage and then for 1 year in 80hl Slavonian oak. The nose is full of barrel spice, cherry, plumy notes as well, while on the palate the wine is powerfully structured, showing structure and depth, a real forceful presence where toasty oak splashes across your palate. The finish is bold, powerful and begs for a beg piece of meat. This wine should be aged for a few years for the best results, however if you’re going to try it now, 2-3 hours in a decanter would help greatly!
Drink from 2019 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14