Wine Advocate 97
"Andrea Cortonesi's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino struts its stuff from the very start. This is a Brunello of profound beauty, intensity and complexity. At this young stage in the wine's life you get a generous dose of primary fruit focused on cherry and blackberry. You also get so-called secondary aromas from the oak that recall spice, cinnamon and dark smoke. These lead to the promise of beautiful tertiary aromas as the wine continues its slow evolution over the course of time. This wine is like a long-distance runner who explodes from the starting line and keeps a steady pace throughout the race. Dark penetration and rich aromas wrap generously over the palate. Endnotes of spice, cured meat and barbecue smoke add extra layers to the finish. I am a huge fan of Uccelliera's Brunello and the 2010 is absolutely unforgettable."
Andrea Cortonesi impresses once again with a set of breathtaking wines. His 2010 Brunello is excellent and shows a new level of winemaking maturity and sophistication for this hardworking producer with vines near the honey-colored Abbazia Sant'Antimo at the heart of the appellation. Uccelliera has earned its reputation as one of the Grand Cru wines of Montalcino.
Wine Spectator 94
"This is packed with sweet cherry, plum and mulberry fruit, accented by licorice, leather and spice notes. Shows grip and character, with a mouthwatering finish. Best from 2018 through 2033. 2,100 cases made. –BS"
James Suckling 94
"A red with lots of dried berry, dried tomato and mineral character on the nose. Full body very chewy and structured. A dense and chewy wine that needs time to soften. Big and powerful. Better in 2017."
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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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