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Col di Lamo, Brunello di Montalcino, 2013

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Power, and underlying structure, but very elegant this vintage. Svelte red fruit, subtly spiced with cinnamon. Builds beautifully on the palate: the real deal. Now-2024

Col di Lamo, Brunello di Montalcino, 2012

Product Code: CDL313

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Full Bodied

Rated 4 out of 5
Light > Full
  • Origin: Italy
  • Region: Tuscany
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Colour: Red
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 14%
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"Concentrated mid ruby with orange tinges. At first a little stalky and then minerally with a hint of leather and oatmeal. Sweet, concentrated and youthful fruit with plenty of grainy tannins. Embryonic." Walter Speller, jancisrobinson.com, 13 February 2018.

Brunello di Montalcino stands at the summit of Sangiovese-based Tuscan wines. Here the quality of the local Sangiovese clone, known as Brunello, has long been recognised, but the area’s reputation has rocketed since the 1960s as the richness and ageing ability of Brunello became apparent. There has therefore been a huge expansion of the vineyards, albeit from a tiny base: even now only about 1200 hectares are planted, and no more are permitted at the moment. According to the DOCG rules (often revisited), Brunello has to be aged in barrel for two years and a further two years in bottle before being released; and it has to be 100% Sangiovese, although there have recently been a series of scandals regarding the inclusion of Cabernet and Merlot in some producers’ Brunello.

The Neri family vineyards lie at Torrenieri, just east of Montalcino. After the death of her father in 1991 the young Gianna Neri, a law graduate, chose to follow his lead in making wine. She split the vineyards with her brother, from 1997 she has also planted other small parcels, and she first released her own bottles in 2003. This project has called for toughness and determination, completed in June 2016 with the proud opening of her new cellar beside the vines near her home.

Torrenieri is relatively low in altitude, at 250-300 metres. Soils are sandstone and clay, with some of the alberese, the limestone-rich, schistous land which Sangiovese loves.  All of Gianna’s wines are very ripe, fleshy and well-textured. The Rosso is splendidly expressive and excellent to drink now, but the Brunello has the power and structure to demand ageing.

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