While I am an avowed fan of Brunello, only a small handful of these wines make it into my personal upper echelon. Those producers that do make wines with aromatics, structure, complexity and intensity without heaviness or richness. Il Marroneto is a banner produce for wines of this style.
The estate began in 1974 with the purchase of land by a Roman lawyer, with plantings beginning in 1975 and additions made in 1979 and 1984. The approach is to make wines for long ageing by focusing on tannin and acid structure. Farming has always been close to organic and focused on the sustainability of the vineyards. The estate refuses to bottle a riserva as owner and winemaker Alessandro Mori believes the category has been watered down by estates releasing wines with not much to distinguish them from regular bottlings other than an additional year of ageing. As such, Il Marroneto releases its top wine – Madonna delle Grazie – as a single vineyard bottling rather than a riserva.
The estate is located in the northern part of the Montalcino zone at 350m above sea level. This location is a big part of the wines’ naturally high acid.
While most wines from Il Marroneto require extended ageing, this 2011 is immediately accessible. It offers the elegance, structure and aromatics that are trademarks of this estate. It is one of the best wines of the vintage and a perfect example of why this estate is in my top 5 in Montalcino, deservedly sitting alongside the likes of Poggio Antico, Biondi-Santi, and Salvioni.
The wine paired perfectly with classic Tuscan Lasagne made with meat ragu and bechemel.
Sadly Il Marroneto is not imported into British Columbia, but is a wine to seek out and cellar for those who love great, classic Sangiovese.
~$70 USD + taxes