Le Potazzine - Gorelli Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2013
Le Potazzine - Gorelli Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2013 (90 TSW)
You know the story about Brunello di Montalcino? The total ripening period is at least 48 months before a bottle can be sold. Financially not so attractive for a winegrower, that is why a category has been added, the Rosso di Montalcino.
Normally a rosso may come on the market after one year and is often made from grapes that aren’t used for a more expensive Brunello. For this rosso the choice between Rosso and Brunello is made in the basement and only depends on the quality of the vintage. The wine that is used is the same. The only difference is in the length of the barrel maturation. That is why this Rosso di Montalcino can rightly be called a small Brunello. Natural fermentation of approximately 28-30 days, maturing in tubs of 10, 30 and 50 liters for 8-10 months. For sale first a maturation of 4-6 months in the bottle.
Le Potazzine winery stands for making authentic Montalcino wines, including the traditional, large barrels of Slavonian oak instead of French oak barriques.
The word Potazzine is used in Italy for a small, colorful and vibrant species of bird that lives in Tuscany. In Montalcino (grand) parents often use this word as a term of endearment for their (grand) children. And it was Grandma who called granddaughters Viola and Sofia, the daughters of owners Giuseppe and Gigliola Gorelli, her little "potazzine." Gigliola and the two daughters do everything themself, so grow grapes in the five-hectare vineyards and make the wine. A rarity nowadays and everything in an organic way.
About this rosso:
In the glass a ruby red color.
On the medium+ nose aromas of ripe raspberries, dark cherries and prunes with well integrated hints of earth, vanilla and tobacco.
On the palate dry, medium++ bodied with soft round mouthfeel, medium tannins and acidity. Flavours are a recall of the nose with a nice and smooth cherry tart finish. Excellent rosso.