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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Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2013
94  James Suckling 
Wine Spectator 94 "Sweet cherry and berry fruit and salty licorice and mineral elements mark this savory red, which is firm yet lively, with plenty of energy on the resonant aftertaste. Fine balance overall. Best from 2021 through 2038. 2,400 cases made. –BS"  Wine Advocate 94 "I never have
Item Number: 28378
Bottle:$56.95
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Uccelliera 'Rapace' Sangivoese Blend 2014
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 Editor's Choice "Andrea Cortonesi's Rapace blends Sangiovese with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. There's a lot of action in the nose with layers of sugar beet, chopped herbs, coffee-vanilla, cola, medicinal qualities and cherry preserves. It wins high marks for its mouthfeel,
Item Number: 27285
Bottle:$27.95
Case: $335.40
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Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2012
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96 "I am always such a big fan of Andrea Cortonesi's work. Like his previous releases, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino shows an uncanny sense of continuity and consistency with past releases. This steady stylistic focus is one of the best reasons to buy Uccelliera Brunello. The wine

Uccelliera 'Rapace' Sangivoese Blend 2013
92  James Suckling 
Wine Advocate 92+ "The 2013 Rapace is a fantastic wine. The blend used here is mostly Sangiovese with smaller parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It opens to luscious dark concentration and generous aromas of dark cherry, spice and leather. There are mild mineral tones at the back, such as crushed

Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2014
86  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 86 "Crushed flowers, tobacco, worn-in leather and dried flowers are all nicely delineated in the 2014 Rosso di Montalcino. This is an unusually soft, forward Rosso from Uccelliera. (AG) (2/2016)"  Information: The Uccelliera Rosso is highly limited in production, featuring an

Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2011
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino shows an impressive level of richness and density that starts with a long succession of black fruit aromas, dried cherry, spice, leather and tobacco. There are evident hints of the warm vintage that become apparent thanks to the blackness of the

Uccelliera 'Riserva' Brunello di Montalcino 2010
98  James Suckling 
Wine Advocate 98 "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark, brooding and powerful wine. It shows immediate richness and evident complexity with spice, tobacco, cured meat and dried blackberry or plum. This a gorgeous wine that is only at the beginning of a long aging evolution. This wine

Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2010
97  Wine Advocate 
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

Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2013
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91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino captures the essence of this site rich in clay and limestone, where the wines are ample and broad in style. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, lavender and spice notes blossom in a resonant Rosso loaded with personality. Readers who want to explore the

Uccelliera 'Riserva' Brunello di Montalcino 2008
95  James Suckling 
James Suckling 95 "What a decadent and complex nose that boasts of cherries but also fresh red meat, herbs and spices. This only gets more intense on the palate, where concentrated fruit is balanced by almost tangy acidity and chewy, wonderful tannins. The finish goes on for minutes. Superb now but

Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2009
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a fleshy and meaty wine that carries its weight and concentration with grace. The wine oozes personality with a long succession of fruit, herbal and dark spice sensations that leave a lasting impression. Fruit is harvested from the Castelnuovo

Uccelliera 'Riserva' Brunello di Montalcino 2004
98  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 98 "Asphalt and tar on the nose, with lots of dried dark fruits. Full and very powerful, with layers of chewy tannins and masses of fruit. Really needs time to mellow and come together. But it's all there. A blockbuster. Balanced and fabulous. Best after 2012. 500 cases made. –JS" 

Uccelliera 'Rapace' Sangivoese Blend 2011
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "An elegant version, laced with graphite, cherry, cedar and loam flavors. Turns lean and firm on the finish, with a chalky sensation emerging. Needs food. Best from 2015 through 2021. 666 cases made. " BS  "Andrea Cortonesi’s biggest competition these days is oddly enough from

Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2012
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "Layers of red fruits with ruby stone, pine tree and balsamic on the nose. Fresh but round tannins with sufficient character of wild cherry and berries. Long, elegant finish. This is like an outstanding Brunello. Drink now, or better on 2016."  Wine Enthusiast 92 "This juicy,

Uccelliera 'Riserva' Brunello di Montalcino 2007
96  James Suckling 
James Suckling 96 "Fascinating aromas of sliced porcini mushroom and ripe fruit. Full body, with a lovely core of ripe fruit and round tannins. It's very flavorful and rich. So long. These people make great wines. Drink or hold. - jamesuckling.com (02/13)"  Wine Spectator 95 "Very pure, with

Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2011
91  James Suckling 
James Suckling 91 "This is fresh and tangy with pretty cherries and a fine, citrus character. Medium to full body and a clean finish. Drink now. - jamesuckling.com (October 2013)"  Wine Spectator 90 "Though firm, this is loaded with raspberry, cherry, leather and spice flavors. Vibrant and

Uccelliera 'Rapace' Sangivoese Blend 2010
90  Antonio Galloni 
Antonio Galloni 90 "Uccelliera's 2010 Rapace, a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, is gorgeous in this vintage. Juicy dark cherries, plums, sweet spices, French oak and violets take shape in the glass. Dark rich and sumptuous, the 2010 is a beautiful example of the

Uccelliera Brunello di Monalcino 2008
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94 "Here’s a beautiful interpretation from the 2008 vintage that shows balance, harmony and intensity all zipped up into one tight package. That seamless integration, followed by rich extraction, gives the wine momentum overall. Although this is a different wine from past vintages,

Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese 2010
88  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 88 "The 2010 Rosso di Montalcino shows the muscle and depth of Castelnuovo in its richness and power. Layers of dark red fruit wrap around the palate in this plush, inviting Rosso. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016." ~ AG  Wine Enthusiast 88 "This informal wine opens with a dark,

Uccelliera 'Rapace' Sangiovese Blend 2009
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 - AG "The 2009 Rapace bursts from the glass with dark red cherries, plums, licorice, spices and menthol. The 2009 possesses marvelous inner sweetness and perfume. The warmth of the year comes through, but it is nicely balanced by the wine’s underlying minerality. Hints of grilled

Uccelliera 'Riserva' Brunello di Montalcino 2006
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95+ "The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva flows with the essence of dark cherries, blackberries, flowers, violets, licorice and spices, all supported by firm, structured tannins. The 2006 boasts striking inner perfume, big fruit and a huge, explosive finish. The 2006 Riserva is

Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2007
94  James Suckling 
Robert Parker 94 "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is lush, sweet and inviting. Today the 2007 doesnt quite have the sheer visceral thrill and excitement of the 2006, but it more than makes up for that with its early approachability. Dark red berries, spices and crushed flowers are layered into the

Uccelliera 'Rapace' Super Tuscan 2008
89  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 89 "The 2008 Rapace big, full-bodied wine that needs time to find its focus. Dark fruit, cedar, tobacco and scorched earth are among the notes that emerge in this authoritative, dark wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.   I would be hard-pressed to name another grower who has made

Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese 2009
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90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous entry-level wine. Flowers, mint and tobacco add complexity to the layered fruit, while the focus shows considerable verve and minerality. This is a great achievement in 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017.  I would be hard-pressed to

Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2006
96  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 96 "The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a striking wine blessed with gorgeous clarity and precision in an effortless, weightless style. Dark cherries, tobacco, incense, dried flowers and minerals come together beautifully in the glass in this sensual, understated wine. Tobacco,