2010 La Velona Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

SKU #1263008 93 points James Suckling

 Decadent and rich with a foie gras and dark fruit character on the nose and palate. Full body, soft and round. Savory fruit. Very long and intense.  (2/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 La Velona's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a pretty and complete wine that does reveal its age. The alcohol is a bit high on this wine (recorded at 15%) and there are budding tertiary aromas of tobacco, savory spice, and cured meat. The core of the wine is well defined by dark fruit, blackberry and plum. There is freshness on the finish and the mouthfeel is moderate in length. (ML)  (3/2016)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2016 | Send Email
It's rare to ever come across a Brunello Riserva from a great vintage at this price so you can imagine our excitement at being able to offer this latest from La Velona. This delicious Sangiovese offers a combination of the now legendary 2010 fruit and subtle complexity and drinks nicely if opened today. Don't miss this serious value.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2016 | Send Email
The 2010 vintage in Montalcino has been incredibly generous to us wine lovers over the past year. And sure enough, one-by-one, our inventory on most producers has dropped to zero. Alas, the Riservas, aged a year longer and only now ready for release, will provide us one last hurrah! La Velona’s Riserva Brunello is incredible! It is a big, rich wine, with notes of cola framing rich savory fruit flavors of raspberries and blueberries, with elements of scorched earth and just a hint of herbs and spice. The texture is silky and hearty at the same time! It’s a wine so well-structured it kept tasting better and better up to three days after opening it! Being one of our direct imports, the cost is ridiculously low, so don’t expect this wine to stick around for very long. ​

By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
This has been one of my favorite 2010 Brunellos! And the price is outstanding. The entire palate is wrapped by a beautiful savory note of salted black mushrooms. It encompasses deep, ripe cherry and plum notes and rounded yet noticeable tannins. The savory flavors are long on the finish and accompanied by dry spice. A beautiful wine to drink now as well as age.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
I tasted this wine last September before it was officially released this January, it was brooding, angular, gritty and obviously needed time…..well time’s up! Wow, I tasted it yesterday and I was so impressed by the nose that was full of a gamey, mocha like aromatic that was backed up by a combination of umami driven plums and dark chocolate with hints of sandalwood and wild herbs. On the palate it was luxurious, rolling across your palate while at the same time it never gave one the sense of fat or heavy just a velvety texture while the flavors centered on the mocha and sandalwood backed up by the dark chocolate. The finish was long, powerful and beckoned me to drink another glass.. or two. An exceptional value for a Riserva from Montalcino’s best ever vintage!
Drink from 2016 to 2030

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
Fabulous Brunello from La Velona in 2010! There is plenty of lush dark fruit on the nose and palette along with subtle earthiness, grey tea and vanilla. The best part is it's a direct import for us so you can get your hands on it for a great price. Buy some to drink now, and then some revist in 5-7 years.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/26/2016 | Send Email
I am giving this two thumbs up ! ROCKIN Brunello, beautifully layered, expressive wine bursting with sweet, ripe strawberries, vanilla, black cherries intermingled with subtle earth and toasted oak notes, minerals and a hint of bitter chocolate on the finish; round and ripe tannins and a long aftertaste. YUM !!!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2016 | Send Email
For those looking to taste what all the press and buzz about Brunello from 2010 is all about, or for those who have been drinking these amazing wines for a long time, here is a new bottle that is for you. Rich, ripe and ready to drink, the La Velona welcomes all, a full body and a soft yet long and lingering finish. One of the amazing things about this wine is how well it is drinking now. Particularly at this price point, this is the type of 2010 Brunello to get a case of so as to have one now, and age the rest, and see how much better it is going to get.

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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.


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.