The Val di Suga, a winery situated to the north of Montalcino, began making wine in the early 1980s. A wine called Vigna del Lago was first made in 1983 from a northeast-facing vineyard beside the lake opposite the winery. In 1988 the winery purchased a particularly well-situated site called Spuntali southwest of town and this was followed in 1999 with the acquisition of the Poggio al Granchio vineyard, which is in the southeast. The varied exposition of these three sites around the town gives Val di Suga vineyards with three different aspects, allowing for a blended Brunello which is made up of fruit from the three distinct localities. In addition to the blended Brunello and the three individual crus, a Rosso is made and also a Riserva. The estate totals 55 hectares under vine.
Fermentations are long – with about 20 days post fermentation maceration on the skins. Aging of the Brunellos is in large French oak barrels for 24 months, followed by six months in concrete vats.
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino has aromatics of menthol and medicinal herbs, brushed leather, and black cherry. The palate is dark fruited without weight, marked with dried blackberry, black tea, dried herbs, and classically balanced structure. It is sourced from three different vineyard sites of various exposition on the hill of Montalcino. This will be ready to drink a touch earlier and be great to check in on over the next 15 years. Drink 2022-2036
Aromas of iron blood and cherry lead off in this smooth and vibrant red with a well of dark fruit?black cherry and blackberry?settling in on the palate. Offers a dusting of dark chocolaty tannins on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2043. 1500 cases imported.
There?s something savory and slightly rustic about the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino that I find quite attractive. Baked black cherries balsamic spice and hints of animal musk form up to create a beguiling display. The textures are silky-smooth with cooling acids and salty minerals lifting the expression while giving way to tart red fruits. Tannins mount slowly drying out the senses yet there?s still plenty of pleasure to be found here today as the 2016 comes across as both youthfully structured but also spicy and fresh. This is a blend of Val di Suga?s vineyards throughout Montalcino refined all in large Slavonian oak. (Drink between 2024-2034)jd