Fratelli d'Anna Rosso Di Montalcino 2015

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  • 2015 is an outstanding vintage in Tuscany
  • Barrel selection by Importer Anthony D’Anna
  • A beautiful "baby Brunello" made from two barrels of Sangiovese Grosso destined for Brunello
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    $42.99
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    $44.99
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  • Campbell Mattin
    92* points

Editors notes

100% Sangiovese, selected from two barrels of Sangiovese Grosso destined for Brunello. Both barrels were from different vineyards, one high up in Montalcino and the other about half way down.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Almond
    • Fig
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Black Fruits
    • Cedar
    • Red Fruits

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Campbell Mattinson

    92*
    "As GW called it: “Baby Brunello”. It’s sangiovese from Montalcino, aged in 500 litre barrels. It’s quite a wine. It’s lit up with fragrance and yet at heart it’s dry and structural. It lures you in and then holds you tight. Cherries and blossomy berries abound. Earth and dried, fragrant herbs. Almost into pot pourri territory. Acidity and plenty of it, tangy and fennel-infused. And that finish, that dry, raking length. It’s a pretty wine but it stamps its foot and demands to be taken seriously. It will be fascinating to see how this evolves. Rated 92+"

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Locations

Italy

Italy has some of the oldest wine production methods in the world and almost every part of the country is planted under vine. From the Alps in the north to the very southernmost parts of Sicily where Africa is almost in sight, wine is successfully cultivated. In addition to the latitude covered, Italy's many mountains and hills provide a plethora of altitudes for grape growing in various soils and micro-climates. The extensive coastlines along the peninsula that is Italy provide maritime climates for the coastal wine-growing areas. Over 350 grape varieties are 'authorised' in Italy, though up to 550 varieties are thought to be grown.

The classification system of Italian wines has four classes, with the intention of defining a wine's origin a quality. Two of these classes are table wines, whilst DOC and DOCG fall under the EU quality wine produced in a specific region category. Vino da Tavola (VDT) means that the wine comes from Italy. Most of these wines are generally basic table wines that are consumed domestically. Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denotes a more specific region within Italy, and the resultant will be of higher quality than simple table wines, but won't conform to the rules required for higher certification. Both Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) are regionally more specific than IGT, and have stricter rules regarding the grape varieties grown, yields per hectare, minimum alcohol levels and so on. The major difference between DOC and DOCG is that the latter has to undergo a blind-tasting session to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Italy has 32 DOCG appelations, 311 DOC appelations and 120 IGT zones.

Key regions include Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Veneto, Sicily and Sardinia. Common white varieties grown are Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano and Moscato. The red varieties grown the most are Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Corvina.

Tuscany

Tuscany is the oldest wine region in Italy, with a long history dating back over 2700 years. The region is on the Western coast of Italy, stretching from the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea all the way to the Apennine mountains, with the majority of the region being quite hilly.

Contributing to around 6% of Italy's total wine output, Tuscany is the third most planted region, but only the eight biggest producer. Much of this can be attributed to the hilly terroir and poor soils leading to lower yields, but generally higher quality wines. The region produces far more red than white wine, and is responsible for two of the most famous Italian red wines, Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.

Chianti was first classified in 1716, and the region of Tuscany now has 29 DOC and 7 DOCG classifications. In the 1970s 'Super Tuscan' wines emerged of supreme quality, commanding very high prices. Although they were initially produced outside the DOC or DOCG zones, most of the regions have since been classified, though some producers still opt to use the simpler and less restrictive IGT labelling.

The famous red wine Chianti is based on the the Sangiovese variety, though is most commonly blended with Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. The blending of multiple grapes is common, even Bordeaux blends can be found. White wines produced include Vermentino, Vernaccia, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay.

Rosso di Montalcino

Rosso di Montalcino is a large Tuscan DOC, to the south of the Chianti Classico region in central Italy. It is in the same defined area as the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. Both subregions are located in the heart of Tuscany.

The region was established in 1984 in order to make the most of the fruit from younger vines of new plantings, wines that require less ageing, with only 6 months in oak. Declassified Brunello also makes it in to this Rosso di Montalcino classification.

Today this wine is revered for its great distinction, depth of black cherry and wild-berry fruit, and careful use of oak revealed in a hint of spice and vanilla. It is a full-bodied wine made from 100% Sangiovese, predominantly the local Saingiovese Grosso form. The wines are released one year after the harvest to retain all the freshness and fruitiness of a young wine, yet they have the intensity and depth of fruit that only the Montalcino terroir is capable of delivering.

About the brand Il Palazzone

Il Palazzone is a small, family-owned farm located close to the town of Montalcino in the heart of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG zone. Only 2000 cases are produced each year from Sangiovese Grosso grown in 3 vineyards located in a distinct part of the appellation. The wines of Il Palazzone includes Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso del Palazzone and only in the very best vintages, they also make a Brunello di Montalcino Riserva.

Owned by Richard Parsons, best known for serving as Chairman of Citigroup and CEO of Time Warner. He purchased the estate in 2000 and visits several times a year, particularly during harvest, to assist in picking and blending.

Il Palazzone utilizes one of the most experienced teams working in Montalcino today. Brunello guru Paolo Vagaggini, best known for his work at Biondi Santi, Poggio Antico and Fuligni, leads the winemaking team. Agronomist Massimo Achilli, a leading proponent of sustainable viticulture advises on responsible vineyard practice and Husband/Wife team Marco Sassetti and Laura Gray manage marketing and distribution efforts.

Il Palazzone produces extraordinary examples of Sangiovese. With seasoned hands managing every step of production and a winemaking philosophy that values energy and transparency over weight and density, the team nurtures and amplifies this essential variety’s most important attributes. Acidity rivets the palate, tempering richness, requiring most wines to spend 30 minutes or so in a decanter to fully open up. Fruit characters are clean, predominantly savoury, ripe cherry. The wines are delicious, with long, lingering flavors bringing you back for more.

The Fratelli D'Anna wines are select barrels of Il Palazzone imported to Australia.

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