2010 Ruffino "Greppone Mazzi" Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1249794 96 points James Suckling

 A ripe red with lots of prune, cedar, berry and licorice aromas and flavors. Full body, velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. So much going on here. Traditional-styled Brunello. Drink or hold.  (8/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and focused, with cherry, strawberry, tobacco and spice flavors staying persistent and long. This is balanced, showing earthy and woodsy notes on the long finish. There's plenty of fruit locked in here. Best from 2018 through 2033. (BS)  (6/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Pretty aromas of red berry, menthol, savory herb and cooking spice lead the nose. The palate offers tart red cherry, white pepper and Mediterranean herb alongside firm, refined tannins and bright acidity. It needs time to develop fully. Drink 2017–2022. (KO)  (3/2015)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2016 | Send Email
I have to second my colleague Greg's notes on this wine as it was the best I've had from this estate and was a pleasant surprise at our recent staff tasting. This classic Brunello is traditional in style with ample concentration and depth and rolls across the palate with plenty of fruit on the finish along with a nice touch of acidity. Earthy and savory qualities add an extra dimension to this wonderful Brunello.

By: Kelsey McNellis | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2016 | Send Email
This traditional styled Brunello has a lush mouth feel with hints of dark cherry and strawberry. It is creamy on the palate but has a robust yet flavorful finish. I would drink this now at a Sunday BBQ or hold for the next 5-6 years. Great value here.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2016 | Send Email
Greppone Mazzi is located a few kilometers southeast of the town of Montalcino on a series of rugged, sloped ridges. The nose is classic, old school leather, earth, spice and wild cherry and shows a subtle gaminess. The wine is aged for 3 years in 30-60hl Slavonian oak barrels and on the palate. It shows a powerful, opulence, not too flashy or ripe, but definitely a mouth-filler with lots of spice and warm plumy fruit that are reined in by gentle tannins. The finish is bold, full-bodied and long lasting; hints of tannic structure well up in the end, but this is a big time wine, the best I’ve had from this estate.
Drink from 2016 to 2030

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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.
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Tuscany

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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.