- Red Wine
- Full Bodied
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.”
Wine Align - Cortonesi La Mannella Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015
93 points - Michael Godel
Tommaso Cortonesi’s 2015 Brunello is a ruby-red, spice studded star in 2015, high-toned and so very expressive. What spice oh my, what tripping fantastic light across the tongue and so very taut in its youth. Intensity does not begin to explain the freshness and the youthful nature of its being. Need to revisit La Mannella in one year and the 2015 sangiovese it has gifted in five years or so. Last tasted February 2020. I’d like to say the tannins on 2015 Annata are sneaky but they are so much more than that. These are grippy, layered and nearly formidable tannins. Good thing the easy, generous and lush fruit is somehow capable of defending itself. Boom this is one of Tommaso Cortonesi’s most accomplished Annata and more capable of aging than even he would probably have guessed he was making. Power and beauty. This is that and more. Drink 2021-2031. Tasted October 2019.
James Suckling - Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino Poggirarelli 2015
This is a very impressive Brunello, characterized by its incredible richness, which remains carefully judged. Vanilla, tar, treacle tart, dried blackberries, pumice and ash spring into action on the nose. Full-bodied and powerful with an ironclad force to the steely tannins. Chewy and long on the decadent finish, but balanced and savory. Drink from 2024.
Wine Align - Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010
92 points - Michael Godel
Tasted alongside La Mannella's 2010 Riserva this seems tame, elegant and baby-faced in comparison but it is no shrinking Sangiovese Grosso violet. No, sir. Assessed on its own it is in itself a wholly complex and beastly thing. The tonality is stratospheric, with a distant, amplified and magnified set of cherry to leather parameters. Very floral and blessed by holy drops of liquor. All that said, this 2010 Brunello of basic and modest means can be approached in the here and now provided a good decanting is strictly followed. Drink 2016-2022. Tasted March 2016.
Wine Spectator - Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012
A pleasant rusticity is the hallmark of this red, whose macerated cherry, currant and earth flavors are encased in burly tannins. The ripe fruit prevails and this persists on the finish, with lively berry, tobacco and tea notes. Best from 2023 through 2035. 300 cases made, 100 cases imported. — BS