La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2012

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SKU 13951


The La Serena estate has belonged to the Mantengoli family since the 1930s. In 1988 brothers Andrea and Marcello Mantengoli entered the family business and started making wine at the property. 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 and Montosoli cru areas, but is slightly less compact, providing wines with structure but perhaps more approachability in their youth than their neighbors. Enologist Paolo Caciorgna is making award winning wines.
Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
Brand La Serena
  • ws96

Wine SpectatorEnticing from the first aromas of fresh cherry, violet and spice, this supple red is balanced and expressive. Matches an elegant frame with a firm backbone of tannins and lively acidity. Very persistent on the long, detailed aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2036.

Bruce Sanderson
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateDark and deep in appearance, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino bears many of the hallmark characteristics of the vintage. Sangiovese produced smaller berries and thicker color extraction in this vintage. This Brunello does indeed show more muscle and brawn, but it does so with an impeccable sense of balance and persistence. I cannot but admire this achievement. The quality of fruit is succulent and rich, and there are many pretty aromas of dark cherry, pressed blackberry, underbrush, cola and licorice to earn your admiration. Its textural fortitude is equally admirable.

Monica Larner, February 28, 2017
  • js93

James SucklingSo much crushed dark fruit such as raspberries and blueberries. Hints of sandalwood, too. Full-bodied, chewy and powerful with ripe tannins and a flavorful finish. Just a hint of lemon rind. Drink in 2018.