La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2013
The La Serena estate has belonged to the Mantengoli family since the 1930s, but they did not start making wine until 1988, when brothers Andrea & Marcello entered the family business. What began as a 2.4 acre farm has since grown into 21.6 acres, with about 14.4 of those under vine, dedicated exclusively to Sangiovese for Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. The zone of production, Torrenieri, is in the northeast corner of Montalcino at about 400 meters above sea level.
La Serena's Brunello di Montalcino comes from 17-year-old vineyards near the famed Montesoli Cru. The vineyards, planted at 350 meters above sea level on clay, calcareous soils, benefit from longer ripening periods and higher levels of acidity than their lower altitude counterparts.
La Serena practices organic and biodynamic viticulture. Grass is grown between the rows, and beneficial insects have been introduced to the property. After harvest, the vine shoots are collected and composted to be used as organic fertiliser. There is absolutely no usage of chemical herbicides or fertilizers.
Ruby red in colour. Etheral, deep, balanced nose with a wide, persistent bouquet and fine touches of fruit and spice. Elegant, soft taste round and velvety to the palate.
Perfectly suitable with red meat, game and seasoned cheese. Recommended with typical Tuscan dishes. Extensive ageing possible.
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