2007 La Velona Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1084351 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 A bold, plump and soft expression of Brunello, with sweet berry fruit, chocolate fudge, cinnamon spice and marzipan. The wine's appearance is dark and well extracted. Despite the grandeur of the nose, the mouthfeel is compact, tight and firm  (5/ 2012)

92 points James Suckling

 Interesting aromas of cola and plums, with hints of ripe strawberries. Full body, with velvety and chewy tannins with a long flavorful finish. Fruit and butterscotch aftertaste. Structured. Better in 2014.  (1/ 2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is very pretty in this vintage. Layers of expressive ripe fruit flow effortlessly from this deep, seamless Brunello. The 2007 doesn't have a ton of aromatic nuance; rather it is a wine to drink for its luscious fruit and open, engaging personality. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.  (4/ 2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full medium red. Musky red fruits on the nose, complicated by smoky minerality. Plush and silky but not heavy, offering enticing sweetness of red fruit and earth flavors and an almost glyceral texture. Very 2007 in style. Finishes pliant and rich, with a note of licorice and surprising medicinal reserve.  (7/ 2012)

K&L Notes

La Velona's winery sits in the southeast corner of the Montalcino growing zone, just outside of the tiny hamlet of Castelnuovo dell'Abate, where it's warmed by the southern exposure and blessed with sunlight from the open view to Mount Amiata across the Orcia River Valley.

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By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/15/2013  | Send Email
O.K. for those of you that celebrating Valentine’s and want red for your beefsteak Florentine. I have got the wine for you. This 2007 sangiovese and I gave this Two stars, beautifully layered, expressive wine bursting with sweet ripe strawberries, black cherries intermingled with subtle earth and toasted oak notes, minerals and a hint of bitter chocolate on the on the finish, round and ripe tannins and a long aftertaste. This is a must for the cellar, if you can try to give it some age (next 5 years), if not give about 2 hours of decanting. Buy a couple of bottles for your Valentine, one to drink on the 14th & one for the future.

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/26/2012  | Send Email
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2007 produced a really special La Velona Brunello,the nose is superb like a walk in the Tuscan countryside, herbs, flowers and earth then a perfect balance of richness and structure on the palate with La Velona's signature earth and spiciness, a bit of tannic structure but only in the background, perfectly drinkable now but will age for another decade plus easily.
Drink from 2013 to 2023

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2012  | Send Email
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A big, bold, fleshy style of Brunello with succulent fruit and dense viscosity. This wine is underpinned with some grippy tannins but it does truly show the power and ripeness of the 2007 vintage. Approachable fairly young due to the bountiful fruit that cloaks those structural components. An excellent choice of you are looking for a more muscular style of Brunello to go with hearty fare on a cold winter evening.
Drink from 2012 to 2025

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/1/2012  | Send Email
IF your looking for a Brunello that you don't want to wait 100 years to drink, look no further! I'm in love with the 2007 vintage because it compares to 09 Bordeaux. It is ripe, showy, and fleshy upfront without the harsh bitter tannins that you ususally have to wait out! Not saying that you can't age it, but it certainly is the best vintage of Brunello I have tasted this young. And the La Velona Brunello is certainly the best value Direct Import Brunello we carry. So stock up because this puppy wont last long!

Additional Information:

Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

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.