marroneto, brunello di montalcino, madonna grazie 2015
Alessandro Mori's 1.6ha Madonna delle Grazie vineyard is always vinified separately. During ageing, he decides whether to bottle it on its own or - in a vintage like 2014 - to blend it with the rest of his parcels. It is no surprise that he produced this bottling in 2015, which has a markedly different character than his regular Brunello. Much more brooding at the moment, this eventually opens with incense, black cherry and exotic spice. The palate is centred around a firm backbone which effortlessly supports a core of pristine fruit. It has a sinewy build but remains nimble in its power. The finish hints at charms to come with flecks of heather and cherry blossom lingering.
Balsamic aromas and flavors of juniper, pine and wild thyme dominate the cherry and berry fruit for now, but this red displays a lightness and freshness that offsets the rugged tannins. Ends with an iron streak. Best from 2023 through 2042.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Il Marroneto 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie creeps up on you slowly. Give this wine ample time to open and put on weight and volume. Or better yet, just stick the bottle in your cellar for a few more years. Fruit comes from a 1.6-hectare parcel at 420 meters above sea level. This site, located just below the Madonna delle Grazie chapel, has sandy mineral-rich soils. This wine is very different from the Alessandro Mori's classic Brunello. Here, you get that beautiful purity in the bouquet, but you also get a different mouthfeel that is characterized by more structure and a firmer set of tannins. However, the overall integration is superior here considering that this wine is richer and has more material and overall density. Cherry, grenadine and cassis are followed by jasmine and even a touch of exotic fruit. As the wine opens, you catch a hint of mesquite or hickory smoke. Some 7,040 bottles were made. This wine was bottled in June 2019, and it hit the market in January 2020. 98+
Violet, iris, warm spice, new leather, earth and wild berry are just some of the aromas you’ll find on this tantalizingly fragrant, gorgeous red. Linear and elegant, the radiant palate shows youthful tension, boasting red cherry, pomegranate, star anise, baking spice and orange zest framed in tightly wound, polished tannins and bright acidity. Drink 2025–2040.