2017 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino

$89.95

Uccelliera, alongside master winemaker Andrea Cortonesi, has established itself as one of the greatest estates to manufacture Italian reds out of Tuscany. This Brunello di Montalcino is sure to please, with aromas of black cherries, plums, and walnuts with undertones of cedar. This Sangiovese gives others a run for its money, especially at this price point!

Varietal:
Sangiovese
Winemaker:
Andrea Cortonesi
Vintage:
2017
Aging:
24 months
Oak Treatment:
French and Slavonian oak
Appellation:
Tuscany
Sub-Appellation:
Montalcino
Total Varietal Composition %:
Sangiovese
Score Wine Advocate:
94
Score Vinous:
94+
SKU #:
1049716
Size:
750 ml Bottle
VN94+

Vinous

Balsam herbs, cocoa and sweet white smoke give way to crushed black cherry and plum as the 2017 Brunello di Montalcino blossoms in the glass. This is elegance personified, silky, deep and round, yet delivering a core of saline-minerality that creates a savory sensation umami, in a way with masses of ripe red fruits and confectionary spices to contrast. The tannins are sweet and round, presenting a chiseled structure; yet its not forceful. This tapers off with a tart twang of sour wild berries under an air of lavender and violets. Wow; there is so much concentration and depth here, but also balance. In fact, theres hardly a sign of this being from a difficult vintage. While I expect it will have a shorter life than an Uccelliera Brunello from a classic year, the 2017 should not be missed.

WA94

Wine Advocate

The Uccelliera 2017 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job showcasing that extra power and brawn of the vintage and the richer textural structure of the southern side of the appellation. The bouquet is up front and beautifully measured with lots of red and purple fruit definition followed by spice, tar and earthiness. What sets this wine apart in this hot and dry vintage is the mouthfeel. It delivers fiber, flesh and soft tannins. The alcohol is a bit much at 15% in this production of 28,666 bottles.

JS93

James Suckling

A solid 2017, but theres tangy freshness to this, and relatively fine tannins that frame the wine nicely. Plenty of ripe fruit. Some fresh mushroom, too. Drink after 2023.