Padelletti Brunello di Montalcino 2012 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Padelletti Brunello di Montalcino 2012

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Padelletti Brunello di Montalcino 2012


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In Montalcino, there are traditionalists and then there is Padelletti. This is one of Montalcino’s oldest families; documents demonstrate they already had vineyards in 1570. As one of Montalcino's founding families, in 1925, the family along with Biondi Santi created the first Wine Cooperative (Cantina Sociale) in Montalcino (The first DOC was granted in 1968, DOCG in 1980). Today it is Claudia Susanna Padelletti who runs the family firm. Her vines, on average twenty-five years old, are located at the family’s Rigaccini podere to the northeast of the town, at the foot of Montalcino’s hill. Vineyard altitude is 400 meters above sea level, guaranteeing sharp day and night temperature changes that generate fine and focused aromas, while calcium-rich clay soil lends full but elegant aromas.

The Padellettis cellars are still located beneath the family’s sixteenth-century home in Via Padelletti in the town center, where fermentation is carried out in glass-lined cement tanks and aging takes place in 30-hectoliter Slavonian botti for two years, and one in 30-hectoliter botti of French wood, the firm’s only break with rigid tradition.  The Padellettis’ vineyard is in a single contiguous plot situated at 430 meters elevation, with a mix of soils that includes marl, sandstone, and clay. The Brunello comes from 6 hectares with the remaining headed to Rosso di Montalcino. Fermentation is in old concrete tanks followed by aging in large, used Slavonian and French oak botti (vats) for 30 months before bottling.

Category Red Wine
Region Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
Brand Padelletti
Alcohol/vol 14%
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Wine SpectatorA core of cherry sets the stage for this rich, expressive and balanced red. Shows ample tannins underneath, remaining fresh, light-footed and long on the fruit-, underbrush- and mineral-accented aftertaste. Best from 2022 through 2043

Bruce Sanderson
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Wine EnthusiastFirm and refined, this fragrant red offers intriguing new leather, black-skinned fruit, truffle, dark spice and balsamic notes. The palate is elegant and structured, evoking succulent red cherry, cranberry, star anise, and chopped mint with a vein of of bright acidity and taut, polished tannins. Youthfully austere, it has impressive aging potential. Drink 2022-2037.

Kerin O'Keefe, April 1, 2017
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Wine AdvocatePadelletti enjoys a well-merited fan base. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino shows medium body and a dark ruby color. The wine delivers classic aromas of dried berry, cassis, tobacco and balsam herb. It shows grit and determination in terms of mouthfeel. The density is good and the wine offers a complete picture of carefully crafted Sangiovese cultivated in a warm vintage. The wine can be consumed in the near term with homemade pasta or lasagna with lots of delicious cheese.

Monica Larner, February 28, 2017