Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino 'La Manella'
This Brunello is absolutely delicious. Lovely dense black berry and cherry fruit on the inviting palate, with spice and dried herb. It's beautiful now and will continue to age, but don't be scared to get involved heavily now! Superb!
"The Cortonesi 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Mannella shows dark fruit with dried cherry, blackcurrant and plum. On a second wave of aromas, you encounter softer spice with toasted almond, tilled earth and grilled herb. This is a classic expression of the crisp but sunny 2016 vintage with an open and food-friendly personality. There is a playful touch of sweet cherry on the close. Fruit is sourced from the La Mannella zone, one of the coolest growing areas in the appellation at moderate 350 meters above sea level. Winemaking is traditional, using 30-hectoliter Slavonian oak for three years of slow aging, and this reinforces all those fun berry notes on display in the 25,000-bottle release." 94 pts Monica Larner The Wine Advocate