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Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Tradizione 2011

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 92 Points
Country:Italy
Region:Brunello di Montalcino
Grape Type:Sangiovese
Winery:Tenuta Vitanza
Product Description

The Brunello di Montalcino is a very sensual and appealing wine. It boasts a ripe and upfront style: What it gives up in typicity, it makes up for in approachability. It shows a brooding dark color, thick extraction and meaty consistency. Dusty mineral notes of terracotta and crushed granite offer a brief prelude to thicker aromas of cured meat, leather and dark fruit. There's a good degree of succulent sweetness thanks to the abundant tones of prune and plum. The plate is richly layered and velvety.

Age of the vines: 15 years.

Wine-making: Pre-soaking in a cold temperature for three days; pump-overs following the density and the temperature under computer control. Bottle refinement: 12 Months


"A ripe, velvety Brunello with lots of plum and cherry character. Full body, velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Ends with toasted coconut and berry. Supple young Brunello. Drink now. - James Suckling"

- James Suckling (February 2016), 92 pts

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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 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 91
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Finca Sobreno Ildefonso Toro 2014

Finca Sobreno Ildefonso Toro  is made from 100% Tinta de Toro
Very Old Vines (Minimum 80 years of age)
Aged in 100% new French Oak Barrels for 18 months + 12 months in the bottle

The wine is produced in very limited quantity from the estate's oldest vineyards (80 years old vines) and is fermented in 2,000-liter open-top fermentation vats. Our winemaker punches down the cap by hand three times a day using the traditional pigeage method to ensure optimal extraction.

The name of the wine is the surname of the San Ildefonso family, father Roberto and daughter Paloma, and represents the apex of their winemaking tradition.

Tasting notes
Deep cherry color.
Very expressive, elegant and complex with ripe fruit, mineral notes, sweet spices, chocolate aromas and intense toasts.
Powerful, tasty, round and very smooth. We find again black berries, mineral notes, chocolates with roasted aromas. Very long after taste.

Soil types:
The soil is formed by sediments of sand, clay and limestone, which produce a dark lime-bearing topsoil, with fine and coarse sands.
This year we had low rain falls getting very healthy bunches. Besides, cool nights and not very hot days at the end of the cycle were excellent for a complete ripening of the grapes, full of nuances.

Winemaking and aging
The fruit is manually selected and picked in small cases. After destemming the grapes are stored in 2.000 liter open fermenter tanks and cold maceration at 8ºC during 8 days. Three times a day the cap of the skins is submerged manually (pigeage) and after the alcoholic fermentation is finished at a controlled temperature, the wine is macerated until the wine maker determines the appropriate extraction polyphenols. The malolactic fermentation is carried out in new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 16 months, followed by another 12 months minimum in the bottle.

Ideal for red meats, lamb, roasted meat and strong cheeses