- Red Wine
- Full Bodied
- 14% alc./vol
About the Winery
CortonesiThe “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.”
93 Points - Michael Godel
Like the same vintage Rosso the Brunello is showing with perked up freshness and almost no development. Slavonian oak and just the right amount of time has elevated the game and brought all the parts into line. There’s fresh porcini in this moment so no matter that Tommaso found none on a quick forage today. Good earth and crunch from in depth older vines construction and very impressive length. Fine quality for 2014 from a producer to look for when adversity tests your mettle. Last tasted October 2019.
Red berry, blue flower, forest floor and menthol aromas meld together on this full-bodied red. It's tightly knit and firmly structured, delivering raspberry compote, cranberry and clove set against assertive, seasoned tannins. Drink 2022–2027.
La Manella is the name of the Cortonesi family's estate on the northern slopes of the Montalcino hill. Rather than a single vineyard, it comprises a number of plots totalling approximately 5ha. These are blended and bottled separately from its smaller holding in the south of Montalcino. It is already showing a bit of development, though still appealing. The nose emphasises savoury leather and dried floral aromas, while on the palate brighter notes of red cherry and pepper appear and the tannins give a perceptible grip. Nevertheless, I'd drink this within the decade.