Showing much riper fruit characteristics, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Spuntali offers dark fruit and blackberry backed by spice, leather and tobacco. This is a profound and powerful wine that is released as a Riserva with one extra year of bottle aging after the five years you get with a Brunello annata. The results are sophisticated and deep with many layers of fruit, spice and balsam herb. The wine feels young in the mouth thanks to the tight tannins and bright acidity. These qualities should help it age throughout the years. I like this expression because it delivers loads of fruit and power at the same time.
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Val di Suga
Brunello Vigna Spuntali DOCG
Grape Varieties100% Sangiovese Grosso
AppellationBrunello di Montalcino DOCG
DescriptionLocated in the prestigious wine production area of Montalcino in Tuscany, Val di Suga has the unique advantage of being the only producer with vineyards in all three of Montalcinos viticultural regions - each with its own individual terroir. Val di Suga employs the Burgundy method, crafting wines that follow appellation regulations but with an additional focus on individual territories; the result is high quality Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino renowned for its aging potential but also approachable when young. Montalcino is a small Tuscan town about 25 miles from Siena; its hills took shape during different geological eras accounting for their highly differing soil characteristics. Montalcino enjoys a typical dry Mediterranean climate with a continental influence due to its location between the sea and the Central Apennines. Val di Sugas estate is located on 300 acres of which 125 are under vine. Poggio al Granchio, located in the southeast, Vigna Spuntali, located in the southwest and Vigna del Lago, located in the north represent its three diverse production areas.
VinificationDue to its warm climate this is the very first area to be harvested in all of Brunello di Montalcino. Fermentation/maceration takes place in cement vats for approximately 20 days at temperatures of 77°F - 86°F.
ColorDeep garnet with ruby reflections.
NoseWarm, intense and refined with notes of sour cherry, dried fig, candied fruit and orange.
PalateRich notes of prune and blackberry with sweet, soft tannins that lead to a long finish.
AnalysisAlcohol: 14.5 %pH: 3.7RS: 2.1TA: 5.31 g/l
Serving SuggestionsPerfect pairing for roast or grilled meat, game and medium-aged cheeses.