La Serena

The La Serena estate has belonged to the Mantengoli family since the 1930s, but they did not start making wine until 1988, when brothers Andrea & Marcello entered the family business. What began as a one-hectare farm has since grown into ten hectares, with about eight of those under vine, dedicated exclusively to Sangiovese for Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. The Mantengoli family has incorporated a system of diversified agriculture in their vineyards, where they grow a variety of crops, including spelt.

The zone of production, Torrenieri, is in the northeast corner of Montalcino at about 400 meters above sea level. The soil here is similar to the Pertimali/Montosoli Cru areas, but is slightly less compact, providing wines with structure but perhaps more approachability in their youth than their neighbors. With Enologist Paolo Caciorgna at the helm, the estate is in great hands.

Vineyard Practices: La Serena practices organic and biodynamic viticulture. Grass is grown between the rows, and beneficial insects have been introduced to the property. After harvest, the vine shoots are collected and composted to be used as organic fertilizer. There is absolutely no usage of chemical herbicides or fertilizers.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2013
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "This is full of licorice, tar and leather aromas and flavors, along with accents of chocolate and spice. Solidly built, with a dense matrix of tannins and lively acidity. The flavors return on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2037. 2,200 cases made. –BS"  Wine
Item Number: 31604
Case: $587.40

La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2012
96  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 96 "Enticing from the first aromas of fresh cherry, violet and spice, this supple red is balanced and expressive. Matches an elegant frame with a firm backbone of tannins and lively acidity. Very persistent on the long, detailed aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2036. From

La Serena 'Gemini Riserva Brunello di Montalcino 2010
96  James Suckling 
James Suckling 96 "This is so rich and layered with lots of ripe cherry and wet earth aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy and polished tannins. It lasts for minutes on the palate. Impressive and persistent. Better in 2018. Publish Date: Sunday, February 28, 2016"  Wine Advocate 95 "La Serena

La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2011
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Offers plenty of underbrush, eucalyptus, juniper and sage flavors, with animal and mineral elements. The texture is smooth, balanced by lively yet refined acidity and firm tannins at the end. Best from 2018 through 2030. 1,500 cases imported.—B.S."  James Suckling 90 "Very

La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2010
97  James Suckling 
James Suckling 97 "Intense aromas of dried citrus and meat with hints of rose bush and fresh rosemary. This is full body, with full, velvety tannin and a decadent and rich finish. Fascinating flavors of spice, citrus and meat. Loads of fruit. From biodynamically grown grapes. Better in 2016." 

La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2007
97  James Suckling 
Robert Parker 94+ "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is beautiful. A large-scaled, opulent wine, the 2007 captures the personality of the vintage while retaining fabulous balance and proportion. Layers of dark fruit, mocha, spices and new leather build effortlessly to the huge, palate staining

La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2006
97  Wine Spectator 
 Wine Spectator 97 "Beautifully perfumed, this red features rose, peony, black currant, tar and licorice aromas and flavors. Ripe and dense, with well-integrated tannins and acidity that funnel the fruit and savory notes into a long aftertaste. Complex and intense. Best from 2013 through 2026"