Robert Parker 94
"The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is lush, sweet and inviting. Today the 2007 doesnt quite have the sheer visceral thrill and excitement of the 2006, but it more than makes up for that with its early approachability. Dark red berries, spices and crushed flowers are layered into the finish. There is plenty of volume but not a lot of structure. The 2007 Brunello was made from three separate parcels with different altitudes and exposures. Malolactic fermentation was done in steel and the wine was aged in a combination of casks and neutral small French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."
Wine Enthusiast 94
"Austere, tight and sophisticated, this well-extracted Brunello shows dry aromas of crushed granite stone along with ethereal tones of dried ginger, black licorice and root beer. Inky appearance with chewy richness. The mouthfeel is round, chewy and packed with sweet fruit and spice. Pulpy and rich. - Wine Enthusiast"
James Suckling 94
"Very floral, with dark fruits and sandalwood aromas. Full body, with silky tannins and a fruity, tangy finish. The balance and finesse for a wine with wonderful depth is impressive - jamesuckling.com"
The Uccelliera estate is located in the warm southern Castelnuovo dell'Abate part of the Montalcino zone. Despite his familys long connection to Montalcino, Andrea Cortonesi was only able to buy the Uccelliera property in 1986. His vineyards range from 150 to 350 meters above sea level. The Brunello is aged for 24 months in a mix of French and Slovonian oak.
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"Andrea Cortonesi reflects the best of the artisan spirit in Montalcino. The Uccelleria wines are rich, layered and beautifully textured." – Antonio Galloni
"Without a shadow of a doubt, Andrea Cortonesi of Uccelliera lands high on my list of favorite Brunello di Montalcino producers." – The Wine Advocate
The Uccelliera estate was at once part of neighboring Ciacci Piccolomini until 1986, when winemaker Andrea Cortonesi purchased it from his friends and former employers. After refining his trade as cellar master for Ciacci, Andrea ventured out on his own with the formation of Uccelliera. His first vintage was 1991 with the production of a mere 500 bottles!
The wines have quickly become cult favorites amongst the cognoscenti. Tucked away in the southeast corner of the appellation in Castelnuovo dell'Abate, the soil here is loose and stony which when coupled with a warm microclimate gives the wines of Uccelliera a rich and ripe expression, vintage after vintage. Two hectares adjacent to Ciacci's famous 'Pianrosso' vineyard were recently added to this boutique estate, bringing the total to a mere six hectares. Andrea Cortonesi is tireless in his approach to winemaking, with all vineyard work done exclusively by hand. The wines from this estate regularly sell out; often times even before they even hit our shores! In addition to Brunello, the Rosso is very limited production and features an unusually powerful nose and ripe, rich fruit. Also available is the new 'Costabate' bottling. This 100% Sangiovese is produced from a selection of grapes from three different vineyards with completely different microclimates, and is a pure expression of the Castelnuovo dell'Abate terroir. Only 300 magnums produced. Rounding out the lineup is the tiny-production Super Tuscan, "Rapace", which is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot (late harvested), and 10% Cabernet and aged in barrique.
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