Come February and…it’s Bunello time! Every year the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino (the Brunello producers’ Association) organizes an event called “Benventuo Brunello”. This is the official presentation of the new Rosso, Brunello and Brunello Riserva vintages to the international press and trade sector. One hundred and something top Brunello producers gather inside the main hall of the picturesque medieval Fortress in Montalcino to showcase their new wines to both the Italian and the foreign trade operators. This year three highly contrasting vintages were presented:
- Rosso di Montalcino D.o.c. from the cooler-than-normal, rainy, late-ripening 2014 harvest
- Brunello di Montalcino D.o.c.g. from the hot, sunny and medium/early 2011 harvest
- Brunello di Montalcino D.o.c.g. Riserva from the classic, well-balanced, widely acclaimed 2010 harvest
Vintage generalizations are always wrong, in particular when it comes to such a large and diverse wine appellation as Montalcino (over 2.100 Ha. of total vineyard land): North to South the Brunello di Montalcino Docg zone spans over 25 Km, and the elevation of the vineyards ranges from 150 to nearly 600 mts above the sea level. The local connoisseurs as well as the international experts nowadays distinguish five sub-zones (or ‘macro areas’) inside the Montalcino appellation.
The North (Montalcino / Torrenieri) vs. South (Castelnuovo dell’Abate / S.Angelo in Colle) divide is certainly the most recognized – and most easily recognizable – factor at play in every vintage: in cooler years like 2008, 2013 and 2014 the warmer sites in the South tend to be more successful, whereas the opposite is true in the hotter years like 2009, 2011 and 2012. In those rare, perfect and well-balanced years like 2004, 2006 and 2010 both areas produce complex, full-bodied, age-worthy Brunellos.
Novovino Wine Co. distributes two first-rate, artisanal Brunello small growers located in the North and in the Center of the Montalcino appellation, therefore ensuring a consistent quality level in both hot and cool vintages.
PIAN DELLE QUERCI (Montalcino - North)
CANALICCHIO - F.PACENTI (Montalcino - Center / Canalicchio ‘Grand Cru’ sub-zone)