96+: Le Potazzine Gorelli makes very distinctive expressions of Brunello that reflect a sort of secret truth about the Sangiovese grape. The effect is not completely polished, nor is it boring or predictable. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino reaches for a degree of extreme authenticity and originality that is not commonly found in the appellation. This is low-profile wine with a big personality that proves to be very generous to those who make the time to know it. The bouquet reveals will berry, red rose, spice, earth and wild mushrooms. There is a touch of rusticity as well. In the mouth, this Brunello shows mild tannins and smooth integration. Like a friend you can count on, this is a best-buddy Brunello. Le Potazzine is a high-altitude estate (with organic vineyards at 500 meters above sea level) characterized by Galestro and iron-rich soils. This explains the phenomenal wines produced by this estate even in the hottest years like 2012. Throughout the estate's two decades of winemaking, only four Riservas have been made: 2004, 2006, 2011 (to be released next year) and 2015. That configuration of excellent vintages could certainly not be reproduced at an estate located in a warmer mircoclimate or at a lower elevation. Construction on a new winery was completed in 2012. In 2016, Le Potazzine acquired an additional 6,000 square meters of Brunello vines. Fruit from that site will be ready four years from now.
Cellar Selection: Fresh and full of finesse, this radiant red offers rose, forest floor, woodland berry, new leather and pipe tobacco scents. The palate delivers juicy red cherry, crushed raspberry, wild herb and white pepper notes, finishing on star anise. Taut, refined tannins and bright acidity give it intensity, lift and balance. Give it time to develop to its full potential. Drink 2020-2032.
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