I saw Stella di Campalto’s 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva and knew we had to have it. I absolutely adore the 2010 for its transparent yet deep expression of Sangiovese grown in the wild, southern reaches of Montalcino. The pure Sangiovese flavors, bright acids and mid-weight structure work beautifully with the various dishes. Readers lucky enough to own the 2010 are in for a real treat. I certainly will treasure the bottles I have in my cellar.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040
Robert Parker 96
This wine will be released in October or November 2016. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a masculine expression from the wild and rustic quadrant of the Montalcino appellation where Stella has her beautiful vineyards. The bouquet delivers sheer power and determination with dark fruit followed by smoke and crushed mineral. Slightly shut down at first, the wine opens to a silky and polished texture once it starts to gain momentum. The finish is smooth and long. Stella di Campalto has traditionally released her Brunello di Montalcino one year later than her peers. Her current release is from the 2010 vintage. She has recently opted to call the wine Riserva and her idea is to only produce Riservas from now on. I had a fantastic visit to Stella’s vineyards this year and was able to learn more about her organic and biodynamic farming philosophy. I am convinced that her position on the backside of Castelnuovo dell’Abate is one of the most unique, and perhaps more challenging of Montalcino’s many microclimates. The vineyards face vast open spaces with southern views that extend to Monte Amiata. There is a stronger quality of light here than elsewhere in the appellation. You can feel that extra luminosity and heat in the 2011 Rosso di Montalcino. By the same token, you feel the power and elegance of the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva in full force.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035