Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Spuntali – 2015
- Grape Source: 100% Sangiovese Grosso "Vigna Spuntalli" vineyard
- Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
- Size: 14 ha (35 acres)
- Vine Age: 23 years
- Soil: Of marine origin containing sand and a mixture of fossil debris and lapilli
- Elevation: 300 meters (984 feet) above sea level
- Orientation: On the southwestern slope, the warmest in Montalcino
- 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.
Fermentation and maceration take place at a controlled temperature of 25˚–30˚C (77˚-80˚F) in concrete for 20 days. 100% malolactic fermentation.
- Aging: 12 months in 300L French Oak barriques and 1 year in 25hl casks, no filtration, followed by at least 24 months in bottle
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- TA: 5.43 g/L
- p H: 3.4
Ruby red with garnet reflections, it presents itself to the nose with the unmistakable orange note that is typical of Spuntali. The scent is completed with hints of black cherry, blackberry and candied fruit, accompanied by sweet notes of vanilla and white chocolate. In the mouth the tannins are soft and velvety, the structure is important; indicative of a wine of great personality. Its expression magnifies the Mediterranean character of this part of Montalcino.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Spuntali – 2015 – Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points
This opens with aromas of mature dark-skinned fruit, espresso and toasted oak. The dense palate offers sour cherry, ground clove and roasted coffee bean alongside close-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2028.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Spuntali – 2015 – Decanter – 94 Points
Situated in the southwest, the sun-bathed Vigna Spuntali looks towards the sea which provides cooling breezes in the hot summer months. Vines grow on sandy soil surrounded by low-lying Mediterranean shrub. The resulting wine is plump yet not heavy, with glossy, sweet fruit lightly coated in fine, dusty tannins. Forthcoming scents of dried thyme and orange peel are countered by a saline tang. Ageing is in small French oak barrels.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Spuntali – 2015 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points
Earth, leather, almond, macerated cherry and sanguine flavors mark this taut, dry style. The tannins have energy, but border on being astringent, leaving a dusty feel on the savory aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2042. 830 cases made, 200 cases imported.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Spuntali – 2015 – Vinous – 95 Points
Good medium red. Fresh, almost tight aromas of red cherry, sweet spices and peppermint oil, complicated by blood orange and marzipan nuances. Rich and round, with minty acidity leaving a penetrating quality and an impression of greater verticality than some other recent vintages of this wine. Clearly refined, nicely sweet and pure on the long, multifaceted finish. One reason behind this wine’s success in 2015 is that while the Spuntali area is usually fairly dry, it actually rained in 2015 (somewhat paradoxically, given the 2015 growing season weather characteristics - warm and dry - I thought