Weather Update: Hoping for Rain in Montalcino

Over the last few weeks, we have faced above average temperatures for Montalcino winters. Since yesterday, temperatures started to drop down, and last night abundant snow fell over the Mount Amiata. This morning, it was 2°C (36° F) with a beautiful clear blue sky due to the cold northern wind blowing over Montalcino.   Unfortunately, there still hasn’t been any rain. Rain is much needed during the winter months, as in this period water can be accumulated in the soil to be used in the dry months of summer. However, forecasts say we should expect some rain on Sunday. We’ll cross our fingers!  ... Read more >

Festival of Music in Montalcino

  Yesterday in Sant’ Angelo in Colle we celebrated Santa Cecilia, patron of music and musicians, with a concert inside the church of San Michele played by the citizens band of Sant’Angelo and Cinigiano, a village in the province of Grosseto. Everyone really enjoyed the concert, and pieces from some very famous films were played; among these one from The Last of the Mohicans (see above video) and one from Life is Beautiful directed by Roberto Benigni (see below video).     This event was a great initiative, bringing together a large group of people. And, according to tradition, the concert was followed by a great lunch prepared by some women of S. Angelo for all the people taking part to the... Read more >

Wine Ratings

98

Brunello di Montalcino 2010

98 points
“The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a striking wine that shows uncompromising varietal pureness, albeit in a most concentrated and elaborate form. This is what great Sangiovese is all about. This is a true standout that can be enjoyed for up to 20 years ahead.”
– Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

95

Brunello di Montalcino 2010

95 points
“Rich, with excellent density, ripe cherry and plum fruit, and a well-integrated structure. Licorice, earth and tobacco notes add depth while this cruises to a long, tobacco- and mineral-tinged finish. Shows balance and grip.”
– Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator

90

Rosso di Montalcino 2013

90 points
“Bright red cherries, stone fruits, smoke and tobacco are some of the notes that jump from the glass in the 2013 Rosso di Montalcino. In this vintage, the Rosso is bright, floral and medium in body, all of which make it extremely versatile. This is another fabulous Rosso from Il Poggione and also a terrific introduction to the year in Montalcino.”
– Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

95

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2007

95+ points
“A huge, dramatic wine, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva literally explodes from the glass. This is a decidedly exuberant, flashy wine loaded with dark fruit. Tobacco, smoke, tar and licorice all come alive in this big, broad-shouldered Riserva. Here, too, the wine’s balance is impeccable.”
– Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate