2013 marroneto, brunello di montalcino, madonna grazie riserva
Why We're Buying
The earliest price data we have from Il Marroneto Madonna delle Grazie Riserva is February 2018. Three years later, the wine had already doubled in price. It’s a testament to its unimpeachable quality. Wine critics Kerin O'Keefe and Monica Larner gave the 2016 vintage a perfect score, with the former saying, “This dazzling wine is for Sangiovese purists and fans of extreme finesse.”
Enticing scents of rose, iris, aromatic herb and perfumed berry mingle with an earthy whiff of new leather on this stunning wine. It's a classically styled, focused Brunello that boasts elegance and structure, delivering dried black-cherry, raspberry compote, tobacco and black-tea flavors. It's still youthfully austere, with taut, noble tannins and vibrant acidity that bestow tension and an ageworthy structure. Drink 2025–2038.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The stunning 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna Delle Grazie is a protagonist of the vintage. This growing season has produced a collection of iconic wines, and to my palate none is more impressive than this. This is the first time Alessandro Mori has produced a riserva. He did so because he "fell in love with a single barrel" as he puts it. That botte was left to age for an additional year (for a total of 41 months) and once bottled, it produced 1,700 magnums and 66 750-milliliter bottles. I had preview tasted this wine from botte last year, and this review is based on a tasting of one of those 750-milliliter samples. This unique riserva opens to a beautifully saturated and dark ruby hue. The wine presents an even sequence of aromas that segues from dark forest fruit to balsam herb and crushed rock. The careful balance of aromas is impeccable. The wine is robust and firmly textured, with a bright culmination of Sangiovese acidity that adds overall radiance and brilliance. It has all the criteria necessary for a long and successful aging trajectory. I struggled to score this wine and the only reason it fell short of a perfect score is because I have the memory of the stunning 2010 vintage so clear in my mind.
Alessandro Mori has 42 harvests under his belt yet this is the very first vintage in which he has released a Riserva. Sourced from his 1.6ha north-facing Madonna delle Grazie vineyard, it's a separate bottling of a single botte, which Mori compares to a schoolchild who demonstrates a special gift at a young age. In a single, informal taste, this wine demonstrates its breed, beauty and potential, with dark nuances of forest earth, violet, stone and blue fruit. It's deep and concentrated but not rich. Racy acidity meets long, fine, powdery tannins with a commanding grip and a finish that just doesn't quit.
Aromas of plum, pomegranate and wild rosemary highlight this rich, beefy red. Powerful, if monolithic, with accents of leather, tobacco and iron gracing the tannic finish. Best from 2022 through 2038. 141 cases made, 16 cases imported.