La Serena, Tuscany

Owned by the Montalcinese Mantengoli family since 1933, the 50 ha (of which 9 are vineyards) La Serena estate in Montalcino in Tuscany was brought to life in in 1988 by sons Andrea & Marcello, an architect who designed the imposing winery. Andrea and his wife Elisabetta, along with their young son Giorgio, now run the estate, aided by consultant Paolo Caciorgna.

Situated on an eastern shoulder of the Montalcino zone, below the town itself, the property is fortunate to have vines on limestone rich tufo soils, which Andrea manages organically.

Stylistically La Serena’s wine echo those of its neighbours, such as the more celebrated Cerbaiona nextdoor, the tufo soils, good water retention, high altitude & eastern aspect giving plum coloured ruby red wines with generous loganberry fruit flavours. Vinified in stainless steel & then subsequently aged in large slavonian oak botte as well as in a small amount of second fill barriques, Andrea’s wines display a great drinkability even when young while respecting the identity of their piece of Montalcino terroir.

Their Rosso di Montalcino comes from younger vines from lower, more humid & fertile parcels giving plenty of thinner skinned grapes & hence earlier drinking wines. The Brunello di Montalcino fruit is selected from the vines higher up the slope, on poorer, better drained soils giving less but better, thicker skinned bunches.

The Brunello di Montalcino Riserva ‘Gemini’ is a selection of the best fruit, from the oldest vines, from clones giving the most loosely packed bunches. All the vines are (increasingly) trained to guyot (capo volta) for more lighter, more loosely packed bunches (vs. cordon speronata that gives more compact, heavier bunches).

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