Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2018

93 Vinous

$22.99

Description

Country: Italy

Region: Tuscany

Variety: Sangiovese

Terroir: clay and sand soils

Winemaking: cold maceration with skins; fermentation and maceration with the skins for 18-20 days; pumping over of the must in steel vats; malolactic fermentation in steel followed by maturation in oak casks and barrels for 10 months

The Uccelliera estate was at once part of neighboring Ciacci Piccolomini until 1986, when winemaker Andrea Cortonesi purchased it from his friends and former employers. After refining his trade as cellar master for Ciacci, Andrea ventured out on his own with the formation of Uccelliera. His first vintage was 1991 with the production of a mere 500 bottles!

The wines have quickly become cult favorites amongst the cognoscenti. Tucked away in the southeast corner of the appellation in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, the soil here is loose and stony which when coupled with a warm microclimate gives the wines of Uccelliera a rich and ripe expression, vintage after vintage. Andrea Cortonesi is tireless in his approach to winemaking, with all vineyard work done exclusively by hand. -Skurnik

Vinous 93
Luminous dark red. Lively aromas of redcurrant, red licorice, and mint, plus complicating nuances of balsamic oils and violet. Juicy, spicy flavors of red berries and cherries are very deep and pure. In a cooler, low-fat style than usual for this wine, with harmonious acidity nicely extending the flavors on the long juicy and perfumed back end. A declassified Brunello, this is a really outstanding Rosso di Montalcino.

Wine Advocate 88
The Uccelliera 2018 Rosso di Montalcino offers all the Sangiovese basics, and it does so in style. It pours to reveal a medium garnet color with bright aromas of sour cherry, redcurrant, blue flower and a touch of bitter almond. The palate is lean and tonic, making this a great pairing partner to a simple pasta al pomodoro with extra Parmigiano cheese grated over. The wine ages in oak for a brief six months. It was bottled in September 2019 and saw its commercial release in January 2020. Production is 27,200 bottles strong.

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