2012 Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1291778 92 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a fine expression of sweet cherry fruit, along with tobacco, wild herb and leather flavors. Precocious, with more impact up front than on the finish, yet with a good tannic structure and freshness. Best from 2019 through 2030. (BS)  (6/2017)

91 points James Suckling

 A little lean with berry, coffee and nut character. Medium body, firm tannins and a savory finish. Drink or hold.  (12/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino La Mannella sees fruit sourced from the northern side of the appellation where the winery headquarters are located. The wine is savory and rich, with dried fruit and earthy tones of underbrush and autumnal leaf. It offers lean consistency and moderate acidity (which is low on the Sangiovese scale). The warm vintage has crafted a wine that is better suited for near or medium-term consumption. Smoke, tobacco and crushed mineral add pretty contours to the finish. (ML)  (2/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Good bright medium ruby-red. Aromas of raspberry, green tea, licorice and violet. At once smooth, sweet and nicely delineated, with good floral lift to the red berry and lightly saline flavors. Finishes with sweet tannins and sneaky concentration and length. (ID)  (3/2017)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice feel warm and ripe, belted together by firm tannins and lifted scents of violet. Balsamic notes add to the impression of sweetness, yet the wine finishes on a dry and mineral note.  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2017 | Send Email
The nose is classic wild cherry with bits of leather and hints of vanilla. On the palate the wine shows depth and richness while more savory flavors take over, salted plums, porcini and a bit of cherry. A very long finish, well balanced where the savory components still show their presence. This winery has changed its name from La Mannella to the family name of Cortonesi, it has been a generational change as son takes over for father. The winery is located in the on the Versante Senese, the slope under the town of Montalcino facing Siena.
Drink from 2017 to 2025

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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.


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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.