- Full Bodied
- 13.5% alc./vol
96 Points - Michael Godel
La Mannella Riserva '12 is composed of grapes taken from the oldest vines though by a predetermined decision communicated to the consorzio one year before release, whether it turns out to be a vintage from which a Riserva is made or not. This is an essential rule that prohibits producers from not giving a wine an identity. Riserva is a completely different wine than the Annata, as always with more mature notes though here in salumi hyperbole, long aging oak spice and fruit elongation. Cortonesi's spent four years in large Slavonian oak barrels and at this five point five year mark it turns to wild strawberry, chocolate and cocoa. It's both elegant and taut while just now beginning to stretch its legs. Even if you can't quite imagine or envision what will be, there has to be some level of blind-spotting or just plain denial to not see this is as pure magic. Drink 2022-2034. Tasted March 2018.
Truffle, Mediterranean scrub, grilled herb and ripe plum aromas fill the glass. The assertive palate shows dried wild cherry, raspberry, powdered sage and a flash of leather alongside youthfully austere tannins that leave a rather drying finish. This needs several years at least to unwind and develop. Drink 2022–2030.