This week we brought in a new wine with a lot of promise. Below is Rob's write up of the wine including the backstory and tasting notes.
2010 was a banner year for the wines of Tuscany, especially Brunello di Montalcino’s. Brunello’s hail from the hillsides surrounding the town of Montalcino, they are often considered some of the best wines from Italy. The weather in 2010 created perfect growing conditions, which in turn created amazing wines that are receiving great reviews from all over the globe. I have also noticed that they are selling out of stores as soon as they get them in. To me that is the best press a wine can get.
Mocali is a producer located just southwest of Montalcino, on the slopes facing Castiglione del Bosco. The estate is a thing of beauty, with olive groves, vineyards and forests of pine and oak tree’s living in harmony. The mineral rich soils of limestone, clay and sand, accompanied by the unique micro-climate create the best terroir for the grapes grown here.
Mocali’s 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is quite an exceptional wine. This 100% Sangiovese Grosso is grown at an altitude of 1,300 feet. The wine is fermented in stainless steel then malolactic fermentation is carried out in oak. The wine is then aged for three years in large Slovenian oak casks.
This 2010 Brunello is tight and focused, I would recommend letting it age for another four to five years at the least for it to reach its true potential. If you want to have a go at it now I would suggest a nice long decant, at least two hours. On the nose I get bright red fruit with a touch of floral notes. On the palate I get the same notes as on the nose with a touch of earth and tobacco, the finish is long and balanced, with excellent structure.
Be sure to get a couple of bottles of this one for the cellar so you can try it over time and watch this amazing wine come into its own. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.