- Red Wine
- 14% alc./vol
About the Winery
The “La Mannella” farm, owned by the Cortonesi family, covers a surface of 56 hectares (138 acres), eight (19 acres) of which are especially devoted to the production of “Brunello di Montalcino”. Its wine-making activity started at the beginning of the seventies, and its vineyards are placed in one of the most valuable areas of the region, both north and south-east from Montalcino.
The Cortonesi family has been making wine since the 1970’s however at the time the wine was simply for family, friends and neighbours enjoyment. In 1985 they began to offer their wines commercially. It is strictly a family business, and works according to tradition, while also employing modern technologies that help to the enhance the quality of the wines made.
Tommaso, in his early 30s, is the third-generation winemaker at the winery that was started by his grandfather. The favorable location of its vineyards, and the rocky soil where they are planted, all contribute to the making of a deep and elegant Brunello. Tomasso says “I’m a lucky man who has been given the opportunity to realize my dream and continue my family’s efforts making wine in the land where I was born.”
91 points - David Lawrason
This has become a personal favourite, offering lots of Italian character for the money. It nicely straddles being both juicy and structured. The nose is lifted with currant/raspberry fruit, fresh herbs/rosemary, rose-like florality and modest oak. It is medium bodied, smooth yet lively with easy tannin and a slightly bitter finish. Excellent length. Tasted December 2020.
91 points - Michael Godel
From Tommaso Cortonesi in the northeastern part of Montalcino at La Mannella beneath the village and the youngest vines deciding the fresh, high acid, sparked, spirited and lively sangiovese. No secret that the 2019 vintage will deliver top quality Rosso do Montalcino and fast forward three further years even finer Brunello. Goes to show and equate that IGT Rosso as here will rarely acquiesce this level of fortune. And so here is your portal into the territory, with a modicum of structure as well so wait eight more months to get your fill. Drink 2021-2024. Tasted December 2020.
90 points - John Szabo, MS
This is bold, fruity, dark fruit and cassis-scented sangiovese from Montalcino (young vines) that over-delivers in the price category. I love the immediate juiciness, the plump and ripe fruit, the absence of oak influence, the light, dusty tannins, and the surprisingly good length. This is an infinitely drinkable vintage for this wine, one that should win a lot of friends. Tasted December 2020.
A fruity, lively red with cherry, light chocolate and walnut character. Some bark, too. Medium body, light tannins and a vibrant finish. Drink now.
- Red Wine
- Grenache, Malbec, Sangiovese, Syrah
- Full Bodied, Medium Bodied
- Red Wine
- Organic, Vegan-Friendly
- Medium Bodied
- 13% alc./vol
About the Winery
Villa Calcinaia is situated in the centre of Chianti Classico near the town of Greve-in-Chianti. This historic estate has been home to the Counts Capponi since 1524, and is maintained by Sebastiano Capponi and his brother Niccolo. In 1992, Count Sebastiano Capponi became the first in the history of the family to manage the winery personally, giving a new life to the vineyards and the cellar.
The family owns 200 hectares of land planted with olive trees, vines and pine trees. Organic farming is the standard at Villa Calcinaia where 75 acres of vineyard are planted with Sangiovese, Merlot, Canaiolo, Grechetto, Vernaccia, Trebbiano, and Malvasia. Through every vintage, the wines are crafted with food in mind. They are balanced, elegant, perfumed, and savoury yet refreshing with restrained vigour and intensity that ensures longevity.
92 points - Michael Godel
A reminder that this Greve in Chianti left banker (of the Greve River) comes from the calcareous side, part Alberese and part Pietraforte soils. As such and in a famous vintage the Calcinaia Annata is a "crispy" sangiovese and though generally so, very much speaks to this Montefioralle bank of the Greve commune. Classic and held with great Capponi class. Last tasted April 2021.
The estate Annata, composed of 90 per cent sangiovese and (10) canaiolo. Grapes are hand-harvested and macerated in stainless steel tanks, followed by 20 months aging in wood casks. Yes there is some deep tradition in Sebastiano Capponi’s 2016 from the most excellent vintage and there is also some forward thinking, neo-modernist’s approach to making Chianti Classico. Coming into the zone just about now but there is a grip here to indicate 10 years of developing structure. The sculpturing and the timelessness are wholly deserving of representing the Capponi crest. Drink 2021-2028. Tasted May 2020.