I remember 2011 well. Winter in the small Ligurian town where I had moved my family was long, cold, damp and icy. Spring crept slowly. Summer hit like a hot sledgehammer, even on the Mediterranean, even with the sea breezes. The summer was hot, it got hotter, and it stayed hot. All over Italy, the summer of 2011 felt like a blanket had settled on our shoulders; neither no one nor nothing could remove it.
My winemaker friends nervously held their breaths throughout 2011. Pressed with heat and parched from dryness, a vineyard's microclimate, a producer's skill, even the possibility of rain, became crucial. Some producers triumphed; others faltered; and we wine-lovers ended up with a "sleeper" vintage. Years like 2011 stress the grapevines and stress their growers, but sometimes that stress leads to wines like Collemattoni's rich, powerful Brunello. This wine is just about ready to enjoy right now--especially from the 375ml bottles offered today. Whether you give this wine to someone else or drink it yourself, you'll warm someone's heart and make someone's day.
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