Le Potazzine

Few estates in Montalcino can count an in-house enologist as an owner, but Giuseppe Gorelli of Le Potazzine is just that. Before founding his own estate, he worked as an enologist at the Consorzio del Brunello for 15 years with the great Giulio Gambelli, the man behind Pergole Torte and the 100% Sangiovese movement in Tuscany. In the late 1980s, Giuseppe came home to roost at his father's tiny estate near Castiglione del Bosco, known as Due Portine, and started making traditionally-crafted, artisan Brunello, which he produced from vintages 1987 to 1998.

In 1993, while running Due Portine, Giuseppe and his wife Gigliola purchased a 3.5 hectare farm at 500 meters above sea level right next door. They named it 'Le Potazzine,' which in the dialect of Montalcino it describes a highly-colored bird noted for its loveliness and happiness, after the nickname Gigliola's mother had given her two young daughters. In 1998, Giuseppe's father sold Due Portine, and the couple concentrated their efforts at Le Potazzine. The results thrilled clients and critics alike, and though it was the "moment of the barrique," Giuseppe and Gigliola never felt the need to experiment or change. The wines were always laser pure expressions of Montalcino terroir with an appealing elegance, and they remain so today.

Fermentations at the cantina are traditional: done at ambient temperature and long – up to 30 days for both Brunello and Rosso. Both wines age in Slavonian oak casks of 30-50 hectoliters; Brunello for 42 months, and Rosso up to 12 months. All of Le Potazzine's vineyards (now measuring 5ha with an extra 1.5 ha purchased in Sant'Angelo in Colle) are classified for the production of Brunello, so the Rosso is of course declassified Brunello. Giuseppe has always worked organically, but from 2019 all wines will be certified organic (even if not stated on the label).

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Le Potazzine Rosso di Montalcino 2016
89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 "The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino opens to a darkly saturated color with ripe aromas of black fruit and cherry. The bouquet is characterized by sweet and soft fruit flavors that give the wine an easy flow and an informal disposition. Pair this pretty Sangiovese with ravioli stuffed
Item Number: 28364

Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2013
96  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 96 "Bright red. Sweet, spicy red cherry, blueberry compote and powdered rocks on the nose are complicated by herbs and ink. Rich, dense and multilayered, but with delightful vibrancy that gives this concentrated beauty’s liqueur-like richness of red and blue fruit flavors a graceful
Item Number: 28188

Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2011
99  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 99 "Captivating scents of pressed violet, dark spice, perfumed berry, new leather and balsamic eucalyptus notes reveal the wine's elegance and pedigree even before the first sip. The full-bodied palate boasts remarkable finesse and a weightless intensity, delivering juicy Marasca

Le Potazzine Rosso di Montalcino 2015
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Fragrant blue flower, red berry and balsamic notes set the tone for this delicious red. The elegantly structured palate delivers wild cherry, crushed raspberry and chopped mint flavors, a potpourri of dark spice lingering through the finish. It's enjoyable now but promises fine

Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2012
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96+ "Le Potazzine Gorelli makes very distinctive expressions of Brunello that reflect a sort of secret truth about the Sangiovese grape. The effect is not completely polished, nor is it boring or predictable. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino reaches for a degree of extreme authenticity

Gorelli Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2011
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96 "Beautifully etched, focused and sharp, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the best wines released this vintage in Montalcino. This is a spectacular effort that underlines the high quality of fruit that was obtained in this challenging vintage. Wild berry, cola and balsam

Gorelli Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2009
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 - "I was very impressed with the 2009 Brunello di Montalcino. The wine hits the senses from all sides, offering a refined sense of sophistication and opulence. Ripe fruit, dark spice, mocha and sweet tobacco all emerge from the glass with graceful, almost understated intensity. The

Gorelli Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 1999
93  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 93 "The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino, which competes with the best Giuseppe Gorelli has made to date, is a dark garnet in color, rich and warm on the nose with abundant aromas of plums, tar, and game, and dense and intense in flavor, loaded with raspberry and plum fruit and sensations

Gorelli Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2001
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93"Aromas of currant, blackberry and light vanilla. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and lovely fruit. Enticing and refined. Best after 2009. 1,335 cases made. (JS)"