Luisa and Marino Colleoni purchased a property called le Sante Marie just north of Montalcino in the early 1990s with the goal of settling down in the Tuscan countryside. After discovering an abandoned vineyard on the estate, Marino cleared the land and had a small plot registered to produce Brunello. From the first vintage, the Colleonis have embraced organic agriculture and are always seeking to farm their land with as little input as possible. Marino ferments all his wines in large barrels without added yeasts or temperature control with the Rosso di Montalcino resting in botti for 18 months before bottling.andnbsp; The results of his efforts are some of the most soulful and emotive wines we've come across in Montalcino. There is a rustic edge to this wine with more than a whisper of game on the nose but after an hour decanting a kaleidoscopic rush of pure fruit emerges lifted by lovely floral notes. Fairly structured now with a layer of ripe tanninson the palate, the wine is still accessible and would be well suited to rich Italian foods. It will cellar on the same arc as many Brunellos we've come across and we can't wait to see what this wine does over the next decade.
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