2009 Rosso di Montalcino, Cerbaiona, Tuscany, Italy

2009 Rosso di Montalcino, Cerbaiona, Tuscany, Italy

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2009 Rosso di Montalcino, Cerbaiona, Tuscany, Italy

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Diego and Nora’s 2009 Rosso di Montalcino nails the vintage perfectly. It is Montalcino sunset red, with a fresh, sunny, red currant fruit lift and a gorgeous mouthfeel. There’s endless joy on the palate too with tiny, crunchy red berry intensity. Sublime and slightly flirtatious, this is a terrific wine that simply glides to the finish.
David Berry Green, Fine Wine Buyer

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino emerges from the glass with radiant red fruit, flowers and spices, all of which come to life in a supple, fleshy style that is immensely appealing. Floral notes reappear on the finish, adding an expressive upper register that makes the wine even more complete and beautiful.

It’s great to see Diego and Nora Molinari doing better after what was a very difficult period for them last year. This little stretch of land, just outside Montalcino, which Diego Molinari purchased from the Guerrini family in 1977, is one of the most blessed terroirs in the entire appellation. The Cerbaiona Brunelli are big, powerful wines that possess striking balance. Think of Cerbaiona as the Richebourg of Montalcino. Cerbaiona remains one of the benchmarks for great, traditionally made Brunello.
Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate - Apr 2012

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Wine Advocate90/100
The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino emerges from the glass with radiant red fruit, flowers and spices, all of which come to life in a supple, fleshy style that is immensely appealing. Floral notes reappear on the finish, adding an expressive upper register that makes the wine even more complete and beautiful. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
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Cerbaiona, Tuscany

Cerbaiona, Tuscany

In 2015 the tiny property of Cerbaiona, tucked away off the Torronieri road southeast of Montalcino changed hands. Since 1977, owner Diego Molinari had built up the property from scratch, planting three hectares of vines on east-facing historic vineyards at an altitude of 350 metres above sea level. Whole-heartedly embracing an artisan, hands-off artistic approach he brought the estate to cult status, recognised for wines capable of reaching extraordinary heights.

Its new owners, however, under the leadership of founding partner Matthew Fioretti, felt that the only way the wines would show the full potential of their unique vineyards was for the estate to be entirely recreated, both in the vineyards and in the winery. It is hard to convey the astonishing attention to detail and commitment to quality that Fioretti is applying to every aspect of wine production and also to the renovation of the property itself.

The original three hectares of vineyards have been entirely replanted with new clones, a process completed in 2021, including an additional one-hectare plot on their steepest slope that was previously planted with olive trees. This, Matthew believes, will prove to be the finest plot of the estate. Mirroring his meticulous and reflective rather than formulaic approach, plantings were made with a variety of different vine spacing and densities, and different training systems adapted to the individual characteristics of each plot. The vineyards have also been converted to organic viticulture. Integrated underneath the historic property, a state-of-the-art new winery was completed in 2021.

In his own words, Matthew’s approach is firmly ‘more of a craft than an art’, with the goal to produce wines with less extraction and more purity. As with any true craft however, there is an inevitable process of evolution and refinement, and in the case of Matthew, this is allied to refreshingly honest self-appraisal and seemingly inexhaustible energy.

Fittingly he has chosen to also apply his fresh, independent-thinking to wine journalists and the process of scoring wines. In asking journalists not to apply a point-rating to his wines, he hopes that his wines will be defined by their inherent qualities and unique characteristics. For him, a points score is a number that ‘detaches critics and consumers from the beauty and real nature of wine and moreover, removes (them) from the work and insight of those who grow grapes and produce wine…a wine should instil wonder and curiosity’.

Welcome to the new Cerbaiona. An estate transformed, but one which is only at the beginning of its journey.

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Rosso di Montalcino

Rosso di Montalcino

Rosso di Montalcino is a large Tuscan DOC, to the far south of the Chianti Classico region, which  has been classified since 1983. 

The wines are fruity, soft, light and forward-maturing. They come from Sangiovesse vines outside the finer Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, harvested at up to 62 hl/ha, or from declassified Brunello fruit (often from young vines) in which case the yield must be the same as Brunello wines, at 55 hl/ha.

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A black grape widely grown in Central Italy and the main component of Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as being the sole permitted grape for the famed Brunello di Montalcino.

It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained calcareous soils on south-facing hillsides. For years it was blighted by poor clonal selection and massive overcropping - however since the 1980s the quality of Sangiovese-based wines has rocketed upwards and they are now some of the most sought after in the world.

It produces wines with pronounced tannins and acidity, though not always with great depth of colour, and its character can vary from farmyard/leather nuances through to essence of red cherries and plums. In the 1960s the advent of Super Tuscans saw bottlings of 100% Sangiovese wines, as well as the introduction of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous being Tignanello.

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