La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2013
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 31604
Wine Spectator 93
"This is full of licorice, tar and leather aromas and flavors, along with accents of chocolate and spice. Solidly built, with a dense matrix of tannins and lively acidity. The flavors return on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2037. 2,200 cases made. –BS"
Wine Advocate 92
"La Serena's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a soft and modern wine from this beautiful appellation in southern Tuscany. The bouquet offers a medley of ripe fruit, sweet spice, espresso and a touch of bitter chocolate. The presentation here is supple and smooth. Like many of its peers made in the cooler 2013 vintage, the wine tapers out in terms of volume and texture once it hits the palate. The effect here is more downplayed, elegant and streamlined overall."
100% Sangiovese from the La Serena estate harvested during the first two weeks of October. The wine undergoes fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel before moving into cask. The wine then ages for three years in a combination of 20, 30, 40 and 70 hectoliter French oak casks, and is refined for a minimum of four months in bottle before release. Certified organic on the label since the 2013 vintage.
The La Serena estate has belonged to the Mantengoli family since the 1930s, but they did not start making wine until 1988, when brothers Andrea & Marcello entered the family business. What began as a one-hectare farm has since grown into nine hectares, with about six of those under vine, dedicated exclusively to Sangiovese for Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. Andrea has always worked the vineyards in an organic way, but since the 2013 vintage his wines are now officially certified as “Made With Organic Grapes” on the label.
The estate is directly east of Montalcino in an area that has always produced highly acclaimed Brunello. Andrea’s neightbors include Cerbaiona, Casanova di Neri and even Biondi Santi’s Il Greppo estate. The estate is at 400 meters above sea level, and the soil here is similar to the Pertimali/Montosoli Cru areas, but is slightly less compact, providing wines with structure but perhaps more approachability in their youth than their neighbors.
La Serena’s Brunello di Montalcino consistently receives top praise from wine critics. Their 2012 Brunello di Montalcino was blessed with 96 points from Wine Spectator, and their 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ‘Gemini’ received 95 points from Robert Parker. With Enologist Paolo Caciorgna giving a hand to Andrea, the estate is in great hands. Since the 2009 vintage, Andrea has abandoned the use of barriques for his wines, and now uses only large oak casks of 20 hectoliters and larger.
Vineyard Practices: La Serena practices organic and biodynamic viticulture. Grass is grown between the rows, and beneficial insects have been introduced to the property. After harvest, the vine shoots are collected and composted to be used as organic fertilizer. There is absolutely no usage of chemical herbicides or fertilizers.
Farming Practice:Certified Organic
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