In 2013, cool wet weather in spring and during the flowering led to disease pressure and reduced yields, and cool weather through August further delayed the harvest. But perfect, sunny dry weather through the extended late harvest resulted in well-developed aromatics without excessive alcohol. And the quality of the wines was outstanding. In the glass, this Brunello di Montalcino has a dark, burnished garnet color, with flashes of bright mahogany just at the edge. The nose is autumnal, with ripe amarena cherries, spiced citrus zest, eucalyptus, and dried rose petals moving in and out of the background, sometimes changing places with strawberry preserves and sandalwood, along with fleeting suggestions of Fresh white tobacco and cuoio fiorentino (the fine Florentine leather always called to mind in the aromatics of great Tuscan wine). On the palate, the wine is firm and silky, with mineral-laced flavors of red currants, spiced orange, and sweet Tuscan herbs, all bracketed by ripe dusty tannins and softly integrated strawberry acidity, which carries the flavors through a long elegant finish. Drink now – 2035.
About this wine producer: In 1965, the Lambardi family purchased the Canalicchio di Sotto estate on the northeastern side of the Montalcino hills, and their first Brunello di Montalcino was the 1973 vintage of 500 bottles. Today, there are 6.5 hectares (16 acres) of vineyards, which are used for the production of Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G., as well as Rosso di Montalcino, Vino Rosso, and Sant'Antimo Bianco. The total production remains small, with only 1,200 cases released each year. Maurizio Lambardi makes wines that emphatically proclaim their Tuscan origin. For example, he continues to use the traditional “botti grandi” for aging 100% of his Brunello wine. In terms of aromatics and flavor profile, Maurizio’s wines can be appreciated as true expressions of Sangiovese-based wines from Montalcino.