Situated on the north, cooler side of Montalcino, Il Marroneto is owned by the gregarious Alessandro Mori who makes three wines from his 9 hectares of vineyards: – Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, and Brunello di Montalcino ‘Madonna della Grazie’. The Madonna is a single vineyard bottling (just 5000 bottles in total production). Alessandro is a staunch traditionalist, believing Brunello should always be age-worthy and full of energy, supported by a hallmark vein of acidity. As Antonio Galloni puts it,“Il Marroneto might be the single most important yet under-the-radar estate in all of Montalcino… the wines are simply fabulous”.
Magnum 150cl £233.20
A wine with attractive wild cherry and blackberry fruit aromas, the 2015 has supple textures and juicy ripe fruit flavours balanced by lively redcurrant characters and a hint of savoury spice on the finish. This wine will be delicious to drink from release. Drink from 2017 to 2020.
Bottle 75cl £18.50
‘2015 was one those years that every winemaker dreams of having at least once in his career. The balanced season with a warm and sunny summer, but with a cool, dry weather during the harvest produced wines that perfectly denotethe seasonal trend. Rarely do we find a perfect balance between the various components of the wine, from the deep...more
Bottle 75cl £21.00
Arguably the finest expression of Chianti Classico weve ever tasted from the estate. This is a ripe yet elegant vintage with an attractive, fleshy concentration and sweet-scented fruit. This depth is lifted by crunchy cherry acidity; tell-tale Sangiovese spice and a streak of grippy minerality add layers of complexity to what is a very complete wine. Drinking very well now...more
Bottle 75cl £23.00
This is a very attractive and aromatic wine with vibrant blackberry fruit characters mingled with crushed flowers, wild herbs and a bright balsamic note. The palate is elegant and silky textured with a lovely freshness and fine length. A wine which is delicious from release, it also offers incredible value. Anticipated maturity 2016 to 2020.more
Bottle 75cl £17.10
Tua Rita’s unique “seaside Sangiovese” is an enchanting expression of the vineyard’s location, named after the beautiful pink marble (“the pearl of the wood”) on which it is grown. Warm and elegant, the 2015 Perlato displays roses, lavender, sour cherry and hedgerow fruit. The velveteen tannins are balanced by a bright, refreshing acidity. There is a kiss of sweet, supple...more
Bottle 75cl £22.20
The wines of Il Marroneto are some of the most elegant and age-worthy Brunellos in Montalcino, demonstrating extraordinary breeding and grace.
Giuseppe Mori, a lawyer, bought the small estate just beneath Montalcino’s northern gate in 1974. At first, winemaking was solely a pastime for the family, but in 1994 his son Alessandro, gave up his own law career to make Brunello full-time. The estate’s name derives from a central tower that was once used to dry chestnuts (castagne or ‘marroni’ in Italian), long a source of flour in Italy.
The gregarious Alessandro is a self-proclaimed traditionalist who crafts classic Brunellos in his modest cellar. From his 9 hectares he makes three wines – Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino ‘Madonna delle Grazie’. The Madonna is a single vineyard bottling (just 5000 bottles in total production), named after the 11th century church just next to the property. In the best years, Alessandro bottles the vineyard separately and this stunning wine has an enticingly floral bouquet in its youth evolving into leather and tobacco with age.
As can be expected from classically crafted Brunellos made from vines at this altitude (400m), Il Marroneto’s wines are characterised by high acidity and mineral tones. Alessandro is adamant about keeping his winemaking as simple as possible and, as such, the wines are aged in large old French and Slavonian oak barrels. As Ian d’Agata explains (Vinous Media), “you’ll be hard-pressed to find more vibrant, precise and pure examples of monovarietal Sangiovese anywhere in Italy.”