Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago
The Wine Advocate
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.
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.
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.