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Lisini, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2008

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Overview of the Wine
Located a few miles south of Montalcino itself, at Sant'Angelo in Colle, the fourteenth-century towered villa is steeped in one of the appellation’s most beautiful and "wildest" landscapes, surrounded only by woodland and vineyards at an altitude of 1312 feet above sea level. Typically built in stone and terracotta tiles, the villa itself blends into this natural backdrop with a harmony that is all Tuscan. The Lisini estate, covering a total of 380 acres and comprising one of the finest, most historical crus in the Montalcino appellation, has been in the Lisini family since the early 1700s. Under the tutelage of Elina Lisini, this superb terroir has fulfilled its exceptional promise. Located in the hills a little south of Montalcino itself, overlooking the Orcia valley (an area conducive to full, potent Brunellos), it was one of the very first to produce and bottle this noble wine. The vineyards now cover almost 49 acres and include the high-rising, 3.7- acre cru of Ugolaia. Lisini's unique soil, together with state-of-the-art vinification, yield a model Montalcino range.

The Lisini's Brunello di Montalcino is made with 100% Sangiovese grapes grown in the vineyards located in the southern part of Montalcino in the beautiful position on the most famous cru: the Enclave di Sesta. Lisini was one of the 12 founders of the Consorzio del Brunello in the 1967 and their product reflects the historical authenticity of the winery that since then keeps making the wine in a traditional style, trying to maintain the charm and elegance that has made the name Lisini famous in the world. The position of the vineyard, in particular the microclimate open to the marine currents, allows an exceptional quality of the grapes which produce one of the best Brunellos in Montalcino.

Grape / Blend
100% Sangiovese

Origin
Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Color: garnet red Scent: great elegance, with hints of undergrowth, violet and tobacco Taste: harmonious, refined, seductive and with compact tannins.

93 Points - Wine Spectator
The terrific aromas of strawberry, cherry and currant are accented by underbrush, spice and tobacco elements on the palate in this elegant and intense red, which builds to a persistent finish. Fruit and mineral accents echo on the aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2030.

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Lisini’s 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the few wines of the vintage that is going to require patience. A big, broad-shouldered wine, the 2008 fills out nicely over time with attractive black fruit, smoke, tar, game and savory herb notes. Although quite virile and imposing today, the 2008 also shows striking inner perfume and a level of sweetness that is likely to require some time to emerge, suggesting the wine has plenty of potential for improvement ahead. The 2008 spent 42 months in French oak, exceedingly long by today’s standards. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.

91 Points - James Suckling
A pretty purity of fruit for the vintage with lovely perfumes. Full to medium body, with fine tannins and a clean fresh finish. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast 
Oak-driven tones of toasted spice, pipe tobacco and bitter chocolate are followed by balsam tones of licorice, cola and dried ginger. There's a touch of fruity richness followed by crisp acidity and forest berry.

 

Product size: 750ml

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