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Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Firma 2009

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Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Firma is made from 100% Sangiovese.
"Firma" means "signature" in Italian.
Aged for 36 months in 30% French and 70% Slavonia barrels. Aged in the bottle for 6 months.
This wine is the King of all Italian reds.  It is full-flavored, woodsy, and intense with a long finish.  Brunello will correspondingly age for 15-20 years.

 

Winery: Tenuta Vitanza

The Tenuta Vitanza Estate
The story of Tenuta Vitanza begins in 1994, when Rosalba Vitanza and her soon-to-be husband, Guido Andretta, spent a romantic weekend in Montalcino.
Rosalba has a PhD in Philosophy, and was teaching at the University of Rome, La Sapienza branch.  Guido Anderetta was working as an aerospace engineer, running his own consulting business based in the United Kingdom and the U.S.A.
In 1994, they united their efforts behind the purchase of Podere Rensione, a country home with two acres of vineyards.  Their first vintage was 1995 and the couple received 93 points from the Wine Spectator.  Today, they own 80 acres of vines (not all in production year), and have a long-term goal of 15,000 cases of production.  Since 2002, the couple has been building a modern, gravity flow winery, computer controlled, and wi-fi connected, in the town of Torrenieri.  The winery has 13 large stainless steel tanks, each signifying a specific vineyard area.  Also, the winery has been designed with total traceability, meaning that each bottle is numbered.  In the future, you will be able to access their website, punch in the bottle’s number, and receive the following information:
·        bottle type
·        cork used
·        kind of aging & how much time
·        vineyard location & exact parcel
·        weather that particular vintage

 

The Tenuta Vitanza Vineyard
25.8 hectares in production now or 63 acres, broken down as follows:
 Size                                         Grape                                      Wine Type
14.4 acres                                Sangiovese                               Brunello di Montalcino
3.0 acres                                  Sangiovese                               Chianti, Colli Senesi
4.0 acres                                  Sangiovese                               Orcia, DOC
1.4 acres                                  Sangiovese                               Sant Antimo, DOC
3.0 acres                                  Merlot                                         for Quadrimendo & Chianti
25.8 hectares = 63.73 acres

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Review:

"The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is the nicest wine presented by Tenuta Vitanza this year. This expression definitely shows its oaky side but that new oak style (French tonneaux primarily) is characteristic of this estate located in the Torrenieri subzone that makes some of the darkest and most extracted expressions of Brunello regardless. Dark fruit, prune, plum, cherry, spice, cedar, cardamon and grilled herb all compete for your attention. The ensemble is bold, opulent and rich in a way that most other Brunello wines are not. There is a note of sourness on the tannins. Every once in a while you need a supersized Brunello to pair with that T-bone steak you crave. — Monica Larner"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 217, February 2015), 90 pts

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Chateau Suau L'Artolie Rouge 2009

Chateau Suau L'Artolie Rouge is made from 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. Hand harvested and destemmed grapes, fermented in custom made 500-liter French oak barrels and then aged in traditionnal 225-liter French oak barrels for 15 months. Production is 4,500 bottles.
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 Nose: Complex and intense, features black berries, cherries and plum, with delicate floral notes and spices.
 Mouth: Balanced and fresh, full bodied with good length of spices.

Pairs well with grilled meats and stews

Review:

"One of two Ayni Malbec releases in 2015, this is made in a fruitier, more approachable style with understated oak. Balanced, floral and elegant, it’s sappy and appealing, with notes of liquorice and black plums and a long, tangy finish. 2018-23"

- Tim Atkin (Argentina Special Report 2017), 95 pts

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 92 95 Points
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