La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2015 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 95] [VM 95]

La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2015
(Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 95] [VM 95]

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Notes from the Winemaker :
The La Serena estate has belonged to the Mantengoli family since the 1930s, but they did not start making wine until 1988, when twin brothers Andrea & Marcello entered the family business. What began as a one-hectare farm has since grown into nine hectares, with about six of those under vine, dedicated exclusively to Sangiovese for Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. Andrea has always worked the vineyards in an organic way, but since the 2013 vintage his wines are now officially certified as “Made With Organic Grapes” on the label.
The estate is directly east of Montalcino in an area that has always produced highly acclaimed Brunello. Andrea’s neightbors include Cerbaiona, Casanova di Neri and even Biondi Santi’s Il Greppo estate. The estate is at 400 meters above sea level, and the soil here is similar to the Pertimali/Montosoli Cru areas, but is slightly less compact, providing wines with structure but perhaps more approachability in their youth than their neighbors.

Technical Information

- Certified Organic since 2013
- 100% Sangiovese from the La Serena estate harvested during the first two weeks of October
- 400 meters elevation
- Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel before moving into cask
- Aged for three years in a combination of 20, 30, 40 and 70 hectoliter French oak casks, plus four months in bottle

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - James Suckling:
"Dark-cherry and floral aromas with citrus and dried-lavender undertones. Full body and firm,chewy tannins with a solid structure and length. Needs time to soften and come together. Better after 2021." - James Suckling (September 2020)
94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gemini is fruit-forward and a bit extroverted yet impossible to ignore. It boasts a striking mix with intense raspberry preserves, exotic spices and dusty dried florals. Its textures are soft and fleshy, creating a creamy feel to its radiant, ripe fruit profile, while maintaining balance through brisk acids and grippy tannins. The 2015 Gemini takes a turn toward austerity, finishing structured and grippy; yet through it all, sweet violet florals resonate. This may be a full-throttle and extroverted effort, but it’s well balanced and sure to have a lot of fans. Important to note that this was checked in on, and held up beautifully over the course of three days." - Eric Guido (November 2020)