Castello di Romitorio - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010
Castello di Romitorio - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 (92 TSW)
The remarkable origin of Brunello di Montalcino is probably best characterized by the name of the vine from which it is created: the Sangiovese or "Sangius Jovis" - the blood of Jupiter. The Sangiovese grape is for sure one of the biggest pilars in the foundation of the ancient Italian wine tradition.
However, among all the varieties of the vine, that defined as Sangiovese grosso is widely considered the most prestigious variety, and a Brunello di Montalcino can not contain anything other than this extraordinary clone.
Only a truly extraordinary harvest can produce the Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva D.O.C.G.: since its establishment in 1984 Romitorio has released only a handful of vintages of this wine. You probably know 2010 was a very good year and that’s why they produced this perfect riserva.
A rigorous selection of grapes is made from the estate’s eldest vineyards located in the Northern zone of Montalcino. Each vineyard block is monitored throughout the vegetative process, blocks are chosen and each cluster is carefully tended in order to ensure that the fruit reaches a consistent and optimal ripeness.
The wine matures in oak for approximately 36 months, and after bottling the wine is aged in the temperature-controlled cellars for approximately 24 months before release.
My tasting notes:
In the glass this Tuscan shows a deep dark ruby red color.
On the nose medium+ intensity on the nose with aromas of dark cherries, ripe plums, blackberries, coffee, chocolate, ceder spices and mushrooms.
On the palate dry, full-bodied with enormous concentration and depth, medium+ acidity releasing flavours of red and black berries, cloves, tobacco and licorice with hints of vanilla. The medium tannins are well integrated and this wine will be even better after 5 more years. The finish is long and elegant.