Uccelliera 2015 Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany
We cannot say enough about the excellent wines that come from Uccelliera. It is a very small producer in the Montalcino zone of Tuscany, but regarded as one of the best and definitely a store favorite every year. Andrea Cortonesi, owner and winemaker, excels at letting the Sangiovese fruit take center stage while still producing a powerful, elegant and complex wine. His Brunello (aka Sangiovese) wines are built to age, but also drink well at a young age because of their expressiveness.
97 pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Andrea Cortonesi of Uccelliera shows real talent when it comes to highlighting vintage variation in his wines. His 2015 Brunello di Montalcino captures the exuberance and the ebullience of this sunny and warm growing season. However, the wine remains orderly, precise and very elegant nonetheless, with a pretty succession of aromas that play cautiously forward, building in intensity along the way. Dried currant and cherry cede to moist earth, rose petal and balsam herb. The wine's medium-weight body is supported by fresh acidity and well-managed tannins (with 36 months of oak aging). All of these moving pieces work in harmony."
96 pts Vinous Media: "The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino opens with an alluring bouquet that showcases dark red fruits, sweet florals, dusty earth and a hint of animal musk. On the palate, I find a soft, enveloping expression, displaying ripe red and black fruits, which seem to hover on the senses, as a mix of spices, saline-minerals and zesty acids saturate the senses. The finish is long, spicy, yet also wonderfully fresh, with hints of fine tannin gently tugging at the senses. The 2015 Uccelliera Brunello is already so easy to like, making good use of the sunny nature of the vintage, yet with all the raw ingredients for medium-term cellaring. Tasted twice with consistent results." 96 pts Vinous