Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2015
- Grape Source: Sangiovese Grosso from the Val di Suga vineyards in Montalcino in its three historic zones. ( 35% from Vigna del Lago–40% from Poggio al Granchio–25% from Vigna Spuntali)
- Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
- Size: 55 ha (136 acres)
- Vine Age: 19 years
- Soil: Clay, marl and sand
- Elevation: 270–450 meters (886-1,476 feet) above sea level.
- Orientation: North to south
- Density: 5,050 vines/acre (7,143 vines/hectare)
- Training: Spurred cordon
The seasonal trends were simply perfect! Winter was not very rainy and temperatures were average for the season. Spring was mild, accompanied by good rainfall in March and April. That made up for a dry winter, and then a fairly dry May. Summer was hot, but always accompanied by rainfall that helped avoid water stress and allowed fruit to have a phenolic ripeness typical of the great vintages. The early September rains lowered the summer temperatures, delaying ripening and creating a slow veraison.
- Harvest Date(s): First half of October
Fermentation and maceration take place at a controlled temperature of 25˚–30˚C (77˚–86˚F) in 150hl stainless-steel for 20-25 days. 100% Malolactic fermentation.
- Aging: 24 months in Slavonian oak barrels and 12 months in concrete tanks before spending at least 12 months in the bottle.
- Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
- Alcohol: 14.06%
- TA: 5.6g/L
- p H: 3.36
This is a very concentrated Brunello that combines intense notes of blood orange with a hint of chinotto mixed with complex Mediterranean spices (Helichrysum Thyme and Broom Flowers). It is a wine with a strong nerve, a vibrant acid structure that sustains a concentrated mouthfeel, rich in silky tannins. The finish is extremely long and soft.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2015 – Jeb Dunnuck – 93 Points
The 2015 Brunello is lifted with aromatics of candied cherry, raspberry fruit leather, vanilla, and sweet baking spices. As one would expect with the warmth of the 2015 vintage, the palate is rounder and more generous than the racier 2016. The palate is ripe with fresh cherry, tea leaf, and pleasant orange peel bitterness. It will provide welcome enjoyment over the next 15 years. Drink 2022-2036.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2015 – The Wine Advocate – 94 Points
This is a very well balanced Brunello with sharp and classic lines. The Val di Suga 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers attractive energy and brightness that is transmitted through the cherry fruit and wild berry aromas at its core. That primary fruit is surrounded by light spice, grilled herb and potting soil. There is a nice purity and linearity to this wine that reminds you of the natural depth and complexity of Sangiovese when given a little time to age. (Brunello is always released five years after the harvest.) This is an ample 120,000-bottle release.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2015 – Vinous – 91 Points
The 2015 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino is spicy and intense, leading off with dried cherries, cedar spice box, savory herbs and dusty rose. Silky, almost creamy textures flood the palate with ripe red and black fruits, contrasting saline minerals with cooling acids, as fine tannins slowly settle upon the senses. The finish is long and structured, mixing youthful tension with pretty inner florals, yet the best is yet to come with medium-term cellaring.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2015 – Wine Spectator – 90 Points
Elegant, offering cherry, sanguine, iron, earth and tobacco flavors. Sleek and vibrant, with a lingering aftertaste of mineral and tobacco. Best from 2023 through 2038. 10,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported.