La Serena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gemini 2010

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The La Serena estate has belonged to the Mantengoli family since the 1930s, and they started making wine in 1988, when brothers Andrea and Marcello entered the family business. What began as a one-hectare farm has since grown into nine hectares, with about six of those under vine, dedicated exclusively to Sangiovese for Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. The zone of production, Torrenieri, is in the northeast corner of Montalcino at about 400 meters above sea level. The soil here is similar to the Pertimali/Montosoli Cru areas, but is slightly less compact, providing wines with structure but perhaps more approachability in their youth than their neighbors. Winemaker Paolo Caciorgna performs fermentation with temperature control. The wine then matures for 30 months (8-12 months in new barriques and the remaining months in large 20-50 hl oak casks. Finishing in the bottle for 8 months. 500 cases produced.
Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
Brand La Serena
  • js96

James SucklingThis is so rich and layered with lots of ripe cherry and wet earth aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy and polished tannins. It lasts for minutes on the palate. Impressive and persistent.

  • wa95

Wine AdvocateLa Serena struts its stuff with the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gemini. This beautiful wine from Andrea Mantengoli is balanced, powerful and generous in terms of its aromatic delivery. The pristine and saturated color of the wine is already an indication of the high quality to follow. A seamless array of aromas includes dark cherry, spice, leather, balsam herb and crushed mineral. What the wine does do successfully is present an integrated bouquet that is finely stitched together. It offers similar smoothness in terms of mouthfeel. This is a great under-the-radar Brunello that needs more bottle aging for sure. Give it another five years.

Monica Larner, March 2016