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Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2016
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James Suckling 97
"This is really beautiful with complex black cherry, berry, walnut and dark chocolate. Some mushroom and smoke. Its tight and reserved with polished tannins and wonderful balance and finesse. Persistent and intense. Drink after 2025."

Vinous Media 96+
"The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino blends richness, ripeness and refinement to create a model of total balance. At first, its dark, earthy and herbal; yet with time in the glass, a massive wave of black cherry, raspberry, ... read more
This is a red wine
Item ID: #40601
Shelf at store:47d
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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James Suckling 97
"This is really beautiful with complex black cherry, berry, walnut and dark chocolate. Some mushroom and smoke. Its tight and reserved with polished tannins and wonderful balance and finesse. Persistent and intense. Drink after 2025."

Vinous Media 96+
"The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino blends richness, ripeness and refinement to create a model of total balance. At first, its dark, earthy and herbal; yet with time in the glass, a massive wave of black cherry, raspberry, sage and a grounding note of undergrowth comes forward. In the mouth, it coats all that it touches in silky, cool-toned textures, giving way to ripe red/black fruits complemented by spiced citrus, as nuances of lavender and tobacco form. While this feels round and pliant throughout, fine-grain tannins slowly saturate, sneaking up and reminding you of just how young the 2016 really is today. Hints of bakers chocolate, licorice and a twang of tart blackberry resonate - wow, does it ever end? -- Eric Guido"

Wine Advocate 96
"The Uccelliera 2016 Brunello di Montalcino opens to dark fruit and wild cherry with warmer tones of cured tobacco, spice and potting soil. It shows the extra density, darkness and richness that comes so beautifully to fruit grown on the sun-drenched southern side of Castelnuovo dell'Abate in the southern half of the appellation. What Uccelliera delivers so carefully, vintage after vintage, is a truly exceptional sense of mouthfeel with textural richness and lingering creaminess. It is also one of the wines that consistently shows a sense of place. This is a touchstone estate for this specific Montalcino microclimate. Production is 29,000 bottles."

The Wine
The Uccelliera estate is located in the warm southern Castelnuovo dellAbate 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 Slavonian oak.

The Estate
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 dellAbate, 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. Andrea Cortonesi is tireless in his approach to winemaking, with all vineyard work done exclusively by hand. In addition to Brunello, the Rosso di Montalcino is a very limited production and features an unusually powerful nose and ripe, rich fruit. Rounding out the lineup is the tiny-production Super Tuscan, Rapace, which is a blend of 70 Sangiovese, 20 Merlot, and 10 Cabernet and aged in barrique.

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Uccelliera"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.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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