Owned by Guiseppe and Gigliola Gorelli, this tiny estate was named after a local bird, the Potazzine, also the nickname for the couple's two daughters, due to their constant 'chirping' to each other from the time they were babies. The Gorelli's first vintage under the Potazzine label was 1997, but Guiseppe comes from a long line of Brunello di Montalcino producers. Today he owns vineyards in both the north and the south, since he believes each area imparts different positive qualities such as richness, balance, aromas, acidity, terroir components and structure. He is dedicated to healthy vineyards, old vines and low yields. Also dedicated to natural winemaking, Guiseppe only uses wild yeasts in the winery, and the wines go through a long, natural fermentation of about 30 days.
For his Rosso di Montalcino, he ages the wine for 10 months in wood, even though it is not required by law to do so, and he uses vineyards that are technically allowed to be used for Brunello to make it. Many years ago, he made the big decision to stop using any small oak barriques for aging, as he felt the wood component was too strong for the supple, balanced style he was seeking. Today, he uses 100% Slovenian oak in 10 hectolitre and 30 hectolitre sizes.
'Along with...Giancarlo Pacenti, Guiseppe Gorelli is the best of the younger producers of Montalcino, and an estate that has not missed a step since 1988.' Stephen Tanzer
We visited this wonderful family estate during the 2009 harvest and had the honor to taste wines with Guiseppe from both bottle and barrel. He is a very thoughtful, quality-driven winemaker who balances tradition with modern know-how and captures the true essence of Montalcino. The only dilemma is the fact that he makes such small quantities of wine that we are not able to buy as much as we would like, so get it while you can Serve this lovely Rosso with pasta dishes, meats, pizz and/or Italian cheeses and olives.
Wine EnthusiastFragrant blue flower, red berry and balsamic notes set the tone for this delicious red. The elegantly structured palate delivers wild cherry, crushed raspberry and chopped mint flavors, a potpourri of dark spice lingering through the finish. It's enjoyable now but promises fine drinking over the next several years. Drink through 2022.