2015 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Italy (750 ml)

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Il Marroneto is widely considered to be one of the top estates in Brunello despite the fact (or perhaps because) of their relatively tiny production. Their style is very traditional and definitely tends toward the old world palate of rustic elegance. In other words, they showcase well concentrated fruit but the wines are not fleshy, lushly textured or terribly opaque. They honor the pretty floral and earthy aromas of Brunello and expose the naturally high acidity and expressive minerality that comes from their northerly, cooler climate position in the Brunello zone. A special Brunello from one of the treasures of the appellation, and one of only two estates that farm biodynamically. Giuseppe Mori purchased the Il Marroneto estate (named for the old building in the middle of the property where they used to dry chestnuts, or "marroni" in Italian) in 1974. Giuseppe was a successful lawyer, as were his sons, Andrea and Allesandro and together they worked on planting the vineyard and learning how to make Brunello wine. The more involved Allesandro became in working on the estate, which is situated on the northern edge of the Montalcino hill at 350 meters above sea level just on the other side of the walls of the Montalcino village, the more he realized that was where he needed to be, not working in an office as a lawyer. He dedicated himself to the study of enology and became a doctor of it as well as organics which lead to his introduction of biodynamic farming on the estate. The 2015 vintage will be at the top of serious Bruenello collector's lists.

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