Brunello di Montalcino 2010: An Epic Vintage

2010 Brunello di Montalcino an epic vintage 12 Pk, Uccelliera, Giannni Brunelli, Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Fattoria dei Barbi, Altesino, ciacci piccolomini d'aragona For sale Xavier Wine Company 19 Little West 12th Street NYC 10014

Brunello di Montalcino 2010: An Epic Vintage

Xavier Wine Company is pleased to announce the arrival of the epic 2010 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino, the most famous wine of Tuscany.  Made of 100% Sangiovese grapes (Brunello — a particular strain of Sangiovese from the Montalcino region), this limited quantity stock is the perfect addition to your collection.

Brunello Di Montalcino has long stood for top quality, collectible, and age-worthy wine.  Dating back to as early as the 14th century, wine producers near Montalcino were known for their rich, complex and subtly oaked wines. The 2010 vintage is particularly noteworthy for its deep fruit flavors, balanced freshness, and powerful tannins.

“It was a perfect growing season, relatively warm during the maturation phase, with pronounced day and night temperature changes that allowed us to wait for the best phenolic maturation ever attained at our estate,” says Francesco Ripaccioli of Canalicchio di Sopra (a Brunello producer).  Ripaccioli even defines the vintage “historic.”

In additional to Brunello, producers in Montalcino also release yearly collections under the name Rosso Di Montalcino, often referred to as “Baby Brunellos”.  They are made of the same grapes (Sangiovese), often from the same vineyards, but from the younger vines.  These wines are not aged as long as Brunello (only 1 year of aging is required before release so the Rosso’s see much less time in oak).   The Rosso di Montalcinos are fresher, fruitier, less tannic, and designed to be enjoyed young as accessible everyday wines, which equals more affordability.

Brunellos require longer aging than any other Tuscan wine, with a minimum of 4 years before release with at least 2 of those years in barrel. Unlike the 2010 Rosso Di Montalcinos, the 2010 Brunello Di Montalcino bottles are meant to be kept and stored, aging to perfection between 5-10 years from now.

New York Times journalist Eric Asimov recently sampled several Brunello di Montalcino bottles from 2010 as well as several older vintages and wrote a piece on the experience.  Of the legacy of Montaclino, he noted, “Among the wines I tasted, the 1975, ’68, ’64 and ’55 were simply gorgeous, pure, wonderfully fragrant, complex and youthful. Wines like these are treasures, and demonstrate the greatness possible in Montalcino, just as paramount producers do in other benchmark regions. If these are examples of what can be achieved, how can you not love Brunello di Montalcino?”

Xavier Wine Company has 6 producers of 2010 Brunello di Montalcino in stock:

  1. Donatella Cinelli Colombini (one of Asimov’s top picks)
  2. Fattoria dei Barbi (one of Asimov’s top picks)
  3. Altesino
  4. Uccelliera
  5. Ciacci Piccolomini
  6. Gianni Brunelli

Limited time offer:

Buy a discounted mixed 6-pack of all 6 producers HERE.

Buy a discounted mixed 12-pack of all 6 producers (2 bottles each) HERE.

Sibling Rivalry:  Donatella Cinelli Colombini & Fattoria dei Barbi

Fattoria dei Barbi is one of Montalcino’s most historic and celebrated producers. The family has had extensive holdings throughout the region since the fourteenth century, passing down the estate and vineyards from generation to generation.  In the late 1990s, the family’s vast holdings were divided between siblings Stefano Cinelli Colombini and his sister Donatella Cinelli Colombini.  As the male heir, Stefano was handed the reins to Barbi, while his sister Donatella struck out on her own to create her namesake label, now equally as well-loved and respected as a producer.  A progressive meets traditional point of view mixed with a strong business sense has made Donatella the unofficial ambassador of Montalcino.  She employs a 100% female staff and has been instrumental in promoting and marketing the wines of Montalcino throughout the world.  An interesting exercise is to compare the Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello and the Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello of the same vintage side by side – sibling rivalry at it’s finest and most delicious!

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