2016 Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino (750ml)

2016 Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino (750ml)

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"Le Potazzine is no longer on the way up; they’ve already arrived. This traditional winery, located just southeast of the town of Montalcino, saw its first vintage in 1997, yet the family’s winemaking roots go back much farther. Giuseppe Gorelli spent 15 years as an enologist at the Consorzio del Brunello, working alongside Giulio Gambelli, as well as eleven years at his family’s estate, Due Portine, before starting Le Potazzine with his wife Gigliola. Today, Gigliola runs the estate with her two daughters, Sonia and Viola. Their fruit comes from the perfect blending of two vineyards, one in Montalcino proper, ‘Le Prata’, which brings the structure and finesse, and the other in Sant’Angelo in Colle ‘La Torre’ for the spice and power. Although only recently certified, this family has farmed organically since the beginning, and it follows a true-to-tradition regiment in the cellar, using native yeasts and aging in 30-50 hectoliters Slavonian oak." - Eric Guido (Vinous)

"Le Potazzine always delivers a smooth and silky style with extreme elegance and the lifted cool-climate fruit that you get from this high-altitude growing site. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is taut and firm with cherry fruit, dried raspberry, tilled earth, spice and blue flower. The wine sees an extended fermentation of 40 days and ages in botte grande for 42 months. This is a well-balanced wine that is slightly thinner, with one notch lower intensity in this vintage compared to past editions. You get a light, sharp and streamlined style. I prefer the 2015 vintage slightly to this wine, but I'm suggesting a longer drinking window here. This is an 18,000-bottle release that hits the market in January 2021." 96+ points - Monica Larner (Wine Advocate, November 2020)

"The remarkably pretty 2016 Brunello di Montalcino shows a pure bouquet full of wild strawberries, woodland berries and herbs with a hint of crushed stone. It’s soft and enveloping, displaying fleshy red fruits, savory spice and salty minerals, while vibrant acids maintain wonderful freshness. It’s only at the very end that its youthful structure comes forward, grippy and classically drying, yet under an air of red licorice and inner rose. There’s a beautiful harmony to this vintage of Le Potazzine, which should provide a long and wide drinking window." 95 points - Eric Guido (Vinous, November 2020)

"Black cherry, black currant and plum flavors are front and center in this supple red, with accents of earth, iron, leather and tobacco chiming in as the tannins flex their muscles on the long finish. Everything is there, this just needs to integrate. Best from 2025 through 2048. 1,500 cases made, 500 cases imported." 95 points - BS (Wine Spectator, March 2021)