Cortonesi "La Mannella" Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016
(Tuscany, Italy) - [LG 99+] [IWR 96] [JS 95] [WE 94] [WA 94] [DM 93] [VM 93] [WS 93]
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About this Winery:
The Cortonesi winery is a family-owned winery, owned by the family of the same name, native of Montalcino. The strong attachment to the territory has always been an essential part of the work of the winery, based not only on the respect of the surrounding environment but also on the will of improving in terms of technical and cultural evolution and not only overcoming the ideas from the past. Today Tommaso, Marco and Giulio continue the winemaking activity in the name of the family tradition, because everything comes from the family and from the strong link of the Cortonesi family with Montalcino.
A luscious, deep red-ruby Brunello with bountiful and intense aromas of dark fruit with dried cherry, blackcurrant and plum. On a second wave of aromas, you encounter softer spice with toasted almond, tilled earth and grilled herb. This is a classic expression of the crisp but sunny 2016 vintage with an open and food-friendly personality. There is a playful touch of sweet cherry on the close. The fruit is sourced from the La Mannella zone.
This wine pairs well with full-flavored and roasted red meats, game and pork.
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Production area: Montalcino
Ground: Stony, favorably exposed to the sun.
Training system: Spurred cordon
Aging in oak barrels: 40 months
Refinement in the bottle: 6 months
Production: 30,000 bottles
Ratings & Reviews
99+ Points - Luca Gardini:
"Good job carried out both in vineyard and wine cellar for this Brunello that stands out for it’s extraordinary cleanliness. On the nose, cherries and small dark fruits, a balsamic trace of eucalyptus at the end. The taut mouthfeel shows a good sapidity. Salty tannins, fruity and balsamic return on the finish.”
96 Points - International Wine Report:
“Iconic and classy, it excites in the complex and intriguing notes reminiscent of sandalwood, incense, white musk, \nwet earth and ginseng root. There is a lot of red energy in the background with notes of currant, raspberry and cassis. Full body, perfectly smooth tannins that support the structure of this praiseworthy Brunello and an intact and extended finish that will come out in time. Better from 2022."
"Iconic and with great class, exciting in the complex and intriguing notes which remind us of sandalwood, incense, white musk, wet earth and ginseng roots. There is a lot of red energy in the background with notes of blackcurrants, raspberries and cassis. Full bodied, perfectly smoothed tannins which support the structure of this praiseworthy Brunello, an intact finale with long projection that will come out over time. Better from 2022." (10/20)
95 Points - James Suckling:
"Aromas of plums, dried flowers and black cherries follow through to a full body with layers of ripe tannins that are chewy, yet polished and savory. Flavorful and delicious. Goes on for minutes. Drink after 2024." (10/31/2020)
94 Points & Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast:
"Aromas of forest floor, new leather, wild berry and warm spices lead the nose. Classically crafted and firmly structured, the palate features juicy black cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and tobacco supported by a backbone of youthfully assertive tannins. Fresh acidity provides plenty of tension. Drink 2026–2041." - Kerin O'Keefe (5/1/2021)
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The Cortonesi 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Mannella shows dark fruit with dried cherry, blackcurrant and plum. On a second wave of aromas, you encounter softer spice with toasted almond, tilled earth and grilled herb. This is a classic expression of the crisp but sunny 2016 vintage with an open and food-friendly personality. There is a playful touch of sweet cherry on the close. Fruit is sourced from the La Mannella zone, one of the coolest growing areas in the appellation at moderate 350 meters above sea level. Winemaking is traditional, using 30-hectoliter Slavonian oak for three years of slow aging, and this reinforces all those fun berry notes on display in the 25,000-bottle release." - Monica Larner (11/30/2020)
93 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Marco Cortonesi started making wine in 1990 from his family’s vineyards. He now runs the estate with his son Tommaso. Their La Mannella property abuts the Montosoli hill, and the Brunello is assembled from two east/southeast-facing parcels planted in 1998. Replete with dark berries, the nose offers intriguing accents of sweet, fragrant herbs, cedar, incense and sage blossoms. This is elegantly proportioned and polished, with layers of velvety fruit, chalky tannins and lovely inner-mouth perfume. It finishes with a firm, sticky grip." - Michaela Morris (4/21/2021)
93 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Mannella from Cortonesi is smoky and slightly herbal with a tart woodland berry profile to match. Silky and cool-toned in nature, this impresses with tactile, mineral-laced red fruits and hints of sour citrus, creating a balanced expression. This finishes very pretty and floral, with nuanced tannins that frame the experience nicely. The 2016 La Mannella may not be a wine for the ages, but it will certainly impress over the medium term." - Eric Guido (11/2020)
93 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Savory notes of thyme, soy and caramelized onion flank the plum and blackberry fruit in this beefy red. The dense, dusty tannins compact the finish, which is long and lingers with ripe fruit. Best from 2023 through 2043. 2,100 cases made, 750 cases imported." - BS (6/30/2021)