We visited this wonderful family estate during the 2009 harvest in Montalcino and had the honor to taste wines with Guiseppe Gorelli 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 wines are made in very small quantities in a traditional style. His Rosso di Montalcino is one of the best in the region. His wife Gigliola Gorelli runs a local restaurant in the town of Montalcino, helps him in the vineyard, and takes care of their two daughters.
100% Sangiovese organically grown from two vineyards in Montalcino: ‘Le Prata’ close to the town of Montalcino with a southeastern exposure at 500 meters above sea level; and ‘La Torre’ in Sant’Angelo in Colle with a southwestern exposure at 420 meters above sea level • Spontaneous fermentation and maceration takes place over 30 days • Aging for 10 months in large oak cask, plus six months in the bottle • 900 cases produced annually.
The name of this tiny estate was actually inspired by the couple's two daughters, who they call Potazzine, a nickname Gigliola’s mother had given her two delightful granddaughters, local dialect for a songbird noted for its beauty and happiness. This local bird (featured on the label) is known for constant 'chirping', and these two little girls chirped 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. Many years ago, Guiseppe 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. These wines are wonderful to pair with roasted meats, pasta or risotto, pasta fagioli, or Italian cheeses, salumi, olives and more.
Vinous“Seduces with a classic bouquet of wildflowers, savory herbs and red woodland berries. It's wonderfully pure, yet it shows an unexpected amount of weight and concentration for the rosso category, with notes of tart cherry giving way to inner violet florals. There's a coating of dark fruit that lingers along, with round tannins adding subtle grip. This is really quite stunning today, but it will likely be even better with a year or two of cellaring.”