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The year that is written on the label of Brunello or Rosso di Montalcino indicates the year in which the grapes were harvested and therefore identifies the specific year of production, also known as vintage. Here are a few descriptions of vintages of Brunello di Montalcino for sale:
The high expectations for this Brunello vintage were already beginning to build a few years before its release because of the tastings of Rosso di Montalcino 2010. Upon release the high expectations were met: many labels from this vintage are truly wonderful and the quality in general is excellent and encouraging. Nevertheless, it was a year with a lot of variables, with some Brunello wineries harvesting mid-September and others not until mid-October or even later depending on the altitude of the vineyards. All the wines have a better-than-average tannin definition, very similar to the much-celebrated 2006 vintage.
The class, elegance, and finesse distributed throughout the entire vintage in fact seems to show a year more worthy than others in which almost all wineries presented above averages wines. Between small and medium producers the situation of course varies depending on the area of production as well as the skill and experience of the winemaker. The grapes of this vintage were excellent, but as always the wine can be ruined at harvest or in the cellar during vinification.
For many in Montalcino , the problem of the 2011 vintage is that it directly followed the amazing 2010 vintage. Only the producers that managed their vineyards well and protected the grape bunches from overexposure were able to bring the grapes to maturity with the polyphenols intact and obtain a wine with a nice equilibrium and fresh fruit notes that weren’t “cooked”. It all came down to knowing when to act with clarity of mind and firmness during the crucial time in the vineyards, and in doing so save the vintage and even achieve great results.
The Brunello di Montalcino 2012 vintage had both the positive and negative sides of a dry, hot year. The differences of terroir are very evident from wine to wine, with variations occurring even by single vineyard. The wines produced in vineyards in cool and well-ventilated areas were notably balanced. Instead, those produced in the hotter areas presented an overly alcoholic note. In any case, it is a strong vintage. And there is another certainty: the wines are not easy to drink now. However, as the wines age longer they will most likely keep improving.
Lower summer temperatures than previous years, terrain rich with water, and a long vegetative phase are the main features of Brunello di Montalcino 2013 vintage. Traditionally, these three elements are the basis for wines that are enduring, complex and memorable. At first, nonetheless, not everyone was predicting an excellent year for Brunello di Montalcino for sale 2013 but after maturing in the barrels the wine has revealed complexity, elegance, and finesse.