Type: Italian Red Winery: Le Potazzine
Region: All > Italy > Tuscany > Montalcino

Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2011

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Item Number: 32150
Wine Enthusiast 99
"Captivating scents of pressed violet, dark spice, perfumed berry, new leather and balsamic eucalyptus notes reveal the wine's elegance and pedigree even before the first sip. The full-bodied palate boasts remarkable finesse and a weightless intensity, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, black raspberry, tobacco and licorice. It's impeccably balanced, with firm polished tannins and fresh acidity. Hold for even more complexity. Drink 2021–2036. Kerin O'Keefe, May 1, 2018"

Wine Advocate 97
"The ladies of Le Potazzine have broken with the pack. They are betting on this Riserva from the warm 2011 vintage over everything else (including vintages held in higher esteem by appellation authorities). The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is indeed a sure bet if you are looking for a Brunello that will knock your socks off. This is a sharp, precise and extremely defined Sangiovese. This is an inspired wine (with a mere 3,200 bottles produced). The bouquet is slow and steady but also very effective as it comes into full focus. Red cherry, blackberry, cassis, balsam herb and spice all merge seamlessly on the nose. The mouthfeel is polished and long. You can count it in many long minutes."

Vinous Media 95
"Good full red. Aromas of red cherry, blackberry, violet, Christmas spices, licorice and camphor. At once powerful and suave, delivering highly concentrated flavors of red cherry, gunflint and camphor. A more muscular style than the 2011 classico but also wonderfully broad, ripe and deep. The long finish saturates the mouth with subtle perfume of dried fruits and herbs, with dusty, mounting tannins leaving a classic, slightly austere impression. This very serious Brunello offers a glimpse of how unique Sangiovese can be in Montalcino. -- Ian D'Agata"

Wine Spectator 94
"This red offers ripe, sweet fruit, with macerated cherry, plum and chocolate flavors that verge on jammy. Nonetheless, this is fresh, tightly structured and persistent on the finish. A layer of dusty tannins holds court for now, so be patient. Best from 2022 through 2035. 266 cases made. –BS"

The Wine
A selection of 100% Sangiovese from two vineyards in Montalcino: ‘Le Prata’ with a southeastern exposure at 500 meters above sea level and ‘La Torre’ with a southwestern exposure at 320 meters above sea level. Fermentation and maceration lasts 30 days. The wine then matures for 60 months in large oak cask before finishing in the bottle for 12 months before release.

The Estate
Few estates in Montalcino can count an in-house enologist as an owner, but Giuseppe Gorelli of Le Potazzine is just that. Before founding his own estate, he worked as an enologist at the Consorzio del Brunello for 15 years with the great Giulio Gambelli, the man behind Pergole Torte and the 100% Sangiovese movement in Tuscany. In the late 1980s, Giuseppe came home to roost at his father’s tiny estate near Castiglione del Bosco, known as Due Portine, and started making traditionally-crafted, artisan Brunello, which he produced from vintages 1987 to 1998.

In 1993, while running Due Portine, Giuseppe and his wife Gigliola purchased a 3.5 hectare farm at 500 meters above sea level right next door. They named it ‘Le Potazzine,’ which in the dialect of Montalcino it describes a highly-colored bird noted for its loveliness and happiness, after the nickname Gigliola’s mother had given her two young daughters. In 1998, Giuseppe’s father sold Due Portine, and the couple concentrated their efforts at Le Potazzine. The results thrilled clients and critics alike, and though it was the “moment of the barrique,” Giuseppe and Gigliola never felt the need to experiment or change. The wines were always laser pure expressions of Montalcino terroir with an appealing elegance, and they remain so today.

Fermentations at the cantina are traditional: done at ambient temperature and long – up to 30 days for both Brunello and Rosso. Both wines age in Slavonian oak casks of 30-50 hectoliters; Brunello for 42 months, and Rosso up to 12 months. All of Le Potazzine’s vineyards (now measuring 5ha with an extra 1.5 ha purchased in Sant’Angelo in Colle) are classified for the production of Brunello, so the Rosso is of course declassified Brunello. Giuseppe has always worked organically, but from 2019 all wines will be certified organic (even if not stated on the label).

Farming Practice:Certified Organic

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Bottles per case: 6

Type: Italian Red

Winery: Le Potazzine

Region: Italy >  Tuscany

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