Azienda Agraria Lisini

On staff winemaker Filippo Paoletti, Carlo Baldi Lisini, Ludovica Lisini & Lorenzo Baldi Lisini.

"Lisini is one of Montalcino's historic, reference-point estates."--Antonio Galloni, February 2015

"Boutique winery Lisini makes quintessential Brunellos that perfectly demonstrate their exclusively Sangiovese origins. Given the cult status and high demand of Lisini Brunellos, these bottlings easily put to rest the idea that what people really want is a little Merlot blended into their Brunellos. Rather than overoak, overextract, or overripen, the firm prefers to craft its classic offerings with the denominations tried and true winemaking methods.''--Kerin O'Keefe, Brunello di Montalcino

There are few other estates in Montalcino with roots as deep as Lisini. The Lisini-Clementi family has owned lands in Montalcino since the sixteenth century, and the historic tower and loggia on the property has its beginnings in the 1300s. The first vines were planted here in the 1930s, well before the international craze for the area's wines. And Lisini wasn't just one of the founding members of the consorzio di Brunello in the 1967: The late Elina Lisini, the head of the family until her passing in 2009 was its first and only female president in 1970! Today, the estate totals roughly 150 hectares that surround the ancient farmhouse and winery, and brothers Carlo and Lorenzo, along with cousin Ludovica, continue the traditions of their forebearers. This includes not just the production of wine--which is based entirely on the noble sangiovese grape--but also of olive oil. Their location, in the hills surrounding Sant'Angelo in Colle, in the Southwest corner of Montalcino, are particularly favorable to the cultivation of both sangiovese and olives. Their 20 or so hectares of vineyards are at an average elevation of 350 meters above sea level, and open to the south, towards the Maremma area of Tuscany, making them drier and more ventilated than other locations more landlocked than Lisini.

With the history of the Lisini family running so deep in Montalcino, the current regime saw no other way to produce their wines other than with respect for tradition. This means that only sangiovese is grown, fermentations take place in glass lined cement tanks, and all wines age in large Slavonian oak casks. The winemaking at the estate was guided starting in the 1980s for many years by Franco Bernabei (of Felsina and Fontodi fame) who then trained the current staff enologist Filippo Paoletti. The late Giulio Gambelli (the original "sangiovesista", responsible for many years at Biondi Santi and Soldera, and the creator of Le Pergole Torte), also collaborated with the Lisinis for a while, and current winemaker Filippo counts both of these as important inspirations and influences on his work.

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Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2014
94  Decanter 
Decanter 94 "Located near Sant'Angelo in Colle, Lisini's 24ha of vines surround the winery at 300-400 metres above sea level. While they usually harvest during the third week of September, in 2014 picking started mid-October. Discreet yet well-defined aromas of sage, red cherry, blood orange peel
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Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2013
96  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 96 "Exuding cherry, strawberry and floral flavors tinged with iron, earth and spice notes, this ripe red is elegant in profile, tightly wound and deftly balanced, ending with a kick of fruit, spice and mineral elements. Best from 2020 through 2037. 2,500 cases made. –BS"  The Wine

Lisini Brunello Di Montalcino 2012
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94 "At once powerful and graceful, this delivers alluring aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry, raspberry compote, grilled herb, licorice and an intriguing tarry note. Fresh acidity and firm, velvety tannins provide balance and structure, while a hint of pipe tobacco closes the

Lisini 'Ugolaia' Brunello di Montalcino 2000
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "Lisinis top bottling, the 2000 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia is a rich, potent Brunello, with suggestions of earthiness, tar and super-ripe fruit on a big, concentrated frame. It offers notable structure although it comes across as somewhat heavy-handed and one-dimensional,

Lisini 'Ugolaia' Brunello di Montalcino 2004
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94 "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia, from a small old-vine parcel on the estate, floats onto the palate with endless layers of perfumed fruit. Deceptively medium in body, the Ugolaia possesses remarkable depth. Sweet pine, menthol, red cherries and spices meld together