Brunello di Montalcino 2012


Brunello di Montalcino

Product code
6 x 750ml
Listing type
Regulated designation
Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita (DOCG)
Brunello di Montalcino
Sangiovese 100 %
Closure type
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About this winery

The Story Andrea and Marcello Mantengoli’s parents and grandparents have been growers in Montalcino since 1933, but they never gave a second thought to becoming producers of Brunello. How could they? To them, only aristocrats, such as the Biondi-Santis, the Costantis, the Barbis and the Fraceschi d’Il Paggione, were worthy of making Brunello. This concept disappeared in the 1970s and 1980s when dozens of new Brunello estates were founded, mostly by growers like the Mantengoli family. When...

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Notes about product

The family farm “La Rasa” has belonged to the Mantengoli family since 1933. The production of Brunello & Rosso wines began in 1988. The first production of the winery started with 2,700 bottles of Brunello. This has been increased to 30,000 bottles. One hectare of vineyards has since been extended to 8.5 hectares.

Winemaking notes

The grape harvest normally occurs during the first two weeks of October. The production is approximately 60 qallons per hectare, due to the first selection that is made in August. When alcoholic and malolactic fermentation are complete, a period of 2 years follows, during which the wine reaches its full ripening inside traditional woods of 20 hl and few barriques (only 10%).

Tasting notes

Ruby red colour. Etheral, deep, balanced nose with a wide, persistent bouquet and fines touches of fruit and spices. 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.

Press reviews

Wine Spectator

- 96 points -

June 2017

Enticing from the first aromas of fresh cherry, violet and spice, this supple red is balanced and expressive. Matches an elegant frame with a firm backbone of tannins and lively acidity. Very persistent on the long, detailed aftertaste.

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James Suckling

- 93 points -

November 2016

So much crushed dark fruit such as raspberries and blueberries. Hints of sandalwood, too. Full-bodied, chewy and powerful with ripe tannins and a flavorful finish. Just a hint of lemon rind. Drink in 2018.

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Wine Advocate

- 93 points -

February 2017

Dark and deep in appearance, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino bears many of the hallmark characteristics of the vintage. Sangiovese produced smaller berries and thicker color extraction in this vintage. This Brunello does indeed show more muscle and brawn, but it does so with an impeccable sense of balance and persistence. I cannot but admire this achievement. The quality of fruit is succulent and rich, and there are many pretty aromas of dark cherry, pressed blackberry, underbrush, cola and licorice to earn your admiration. Its textural fortitude is equally admirable.

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