Le Ragnaie Fornace Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Tuscany, Italy) - [RP 96] [AG 95] [JS 95] [WS 95]

Le Ragnaie Fornace Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 [1.5L MAGNUM]
(Tuscany, Italy) - [RP 96] [AG 95] [JS 95] [WS 95]


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Notes from the Winemaker:.
Elegance, that is the heartbeat of Le Ragnaie's wines. Vigneron Riccardo Campinoti has rapidly ascended the ranks of a stoic and timeless region. 2010 marked the second year to shun the use of barriques for maturation and for all fermentation to occur in concrete. Many consider 2010 to be an all-time great and for Riccardo it was his moment to be appreciated by the world’s Brunello lovers, including most of the influential wine critics.

‘Fornace’ is a sought after slice of land in the Castelnuovo dell'Abate zone, adjacent to Mastro Janni’s famed ‘Vigna Schiena d’Asino’ and down the hill from Poggio di Sotto. The rounded river stones dot the landscape like Châteauneuf-du-Pape but the 800-850 feet in elevation and steep, hillside planting let you know you are still in Tuscany. The soils are richer than the Ragnaie estate but still have a high concentration of limestone and friable clays. From a winemaking standpoint, ‘Fornace’ is just like the other Brunelli with a hands-off approach for fermentation and large barrels for maturation. ‘Fornace’ has the most power & masculinity of any Le Raganie wine.


Ratings & Reviews



96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Fornace is a beautiful expression with an impressive level of confidence and individuality. The wine's color is a bit darker compared to its peers and its concentration is similarly thicker. But that extra padding does not take away from the inner elegance and finesse displayed here. Aromas embrace red rose petal, licorice, grilled herb and forest floor. The oak rendering is evident but not obvious: Dark smoke, crushed granite and ash give the wine a savory side. Its evolutionary track has no place to go but forward and the wine won't reach its drinking window for another three to five years." - Monica Larner (Feb 2015)

95 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"Sweet red cherries, kirsch, red plums, mint, iron, cinnamon and hard candy are some of the notes that emerge from the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Fornace. Sweet, supple and perfumed, the 2010 is decidedly racy and intense, with gorgeous mid-palate depth and fabulous overall balance. The style is overt and racy, but with plenty of underlying structure and aromatic intrigue. Iron, smoke and blood are some of the many notes that are laced into the distinctly ferrous, savory finish." - Antonio Galloni (February 20)

95 Points - James Suckling:
"A ripe, rich wine with dried-berry, light-prune and shaved-chocolate character. Full and juicy, with velvety tannins and a long, intense finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Truly outstanding, like all the Brunellos from this producer. A single-vineyard wine. Drink or hold." - (January 19th, 2015)

95 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Round and smooth, with cherry and strawberry flavors supported by dense, ripe tannins. There's sweetness midpalate and a mix of savory and spicy elements, followed by firm grip on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2017 through 2032. 250 cases made." - BS (Jun 30, 20150)