Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago – 2015
- Grape Source: Sangiovese Grosso 100% only from the "Vigna del Lago" vineyard
- Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
- Size: 23 ha (56.83 acres)
- Vine Age: 15 years
- Soil: Alternation between clay and strips of fine galestro
- Elevation: 270 meters (886 feet) above sea level
- Orientation: North - East to South - West
- 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): End of October
Fermentation is traditional, like it used to be done in Montalcino (with temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) for several days, towards the end). 100% Malolactic fermentation.
- Aging: 24 months in 50 hectoliter Slavonian oak casks, 6 months in concrete tanks, followed by 18 months in bottle
- Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
- Alcohol: 14.0%
- TA: 5.51 g/L
- p H: 3.37
- RS: <0.5 g/L
Ruby red, the nose opens with strong balsamic notes, followed by clear red fruit notes (fresh cherry, wild strawberries and chinotto). The elegance on the nose is accompanied by a very precise tannic texture and freshness that gives agility to the sip which makes the wine long and persistent. The end taste has sage notes and it closes with a beautiful note of mint that makes this Brunello incredibly energetic, fine and elegant.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago – 2015 – The Wine Advocate – 93 Points
The Val di Suga 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Lago draws its fruit from a low-lying vineyard site (at 300 meters in elevation) next to a big water reservoir. The heat of the summer sun permeates these vines, and you can feel that intensity in the wine's medium-dark appearance and its ripe fruit flavors. This release of 8,000 bottles offers an attractive level of ripeness and balanced dark fruit.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago – 2015 – James Suckling – 94 Points
This shows focus and balance, compared to some of the other Brunellos here in this year. Full body, creamy and ripe tannins with roundness and beauty. Lovely already. Drink or hold.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago – 2015 – Decanter – 92 Points
The talented Andrea Lonardi established Val di Suga's single-vineyard project in 2012. He adapts the winemaking for each in order to best express the individual terroirs. In the cool, northern reaches of Montalcino, Vigna del Lago is typically the last to ripen and lightest in body. It ages exclusively in large 50-hectolitre casks. All red fruit, floral and citrus nuances, this is buoyant, bright and exuberant and the soft tannins are seductively textured. Ready now. Drinking Window 2020 - 2028.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago – 2015 – Vinous – 92+ Points
Nice deep red color. Pure aromas of red plum and ripe strawberry, with notes of minerals and balsamic oils. Soft and rich in the mouth, with an unctuous texture and insidious sweetness. Rather broad in flavor for this bottling and much rounder than usual; no doubt the warmer 2015 vintage contributed a certain measure of fat here. An excellent Brunello that finishes long.