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FINAL ALLOCATION from the “Bird-Catcher’s Net” and Montalcino’s Highest Altitudes. It's the Super Cuvée Brunello That Will Appeal to the “Nebbiolo” and “Red Burgundy” Enthusiast. Best Pricing.

Le Ragnaie … will appeal to readers with an appreciation for Red Burgundy or Nebbiolo.” - Antonio Galloni

Our enthusiasm for the classic 2016 vintage continues and will continue throughout 2021 as these new and important releases are rolled out. For the IWM Team, the wines capture the essence of a more classic vintage and are marked by freshness, energy, charm, and texture (fine tannins with high acidity). This is only heightened as for many of the vintages surrounding 2016 are stereotypically warmer and drier, producing wines of greater opulence, density of fruit, and alcohol. In its simplest form, the warm 2015, typically produced more plush, darker fruited wines than that of 2016. Both are essential as they showcase compelling expressions of Sangiovese. Monica Larner summed it up well, “Brunello from 2016 and Brunello Riserva from 2015 are poised for long-term success…These are career-defining wines for many estates and for the appellation as a whole.”

And while we have highlighted many of the richer 2016 expressions from Caprili, Ciacci Piccolomini, and Lisini we wanted to share another side of Montalcino, and that is the wines of La Ragnaie. A description here begins best with this quote above from Antonio Galloni. What we appreciate here is how quickly the statement captures what this rising star is all about. This is finessed Brunello for high-altitude enthusiasts – in fact, many of the vines they own are among from the highest planted in Montalcino – located in areas known for bird catchers – thus the bird-catchers net on the label (owing to their resemblance to spider’s webs – spider being “Ragno” in Italian.) Not only will these pure, terroir-driven expressions charm fans of Montalcino, they will enlighten and please many Burgundy and Barolo collectors. The estate is, in fact, best known for its single vineyard bottlings from the Grand Cru like vineyards of the region. We are talking the iconic vineyards and old vines that define great Brunello, placed in the hands of one of the region’s most dynamic producers - Riccardo Campinoti. For many in the trade, these are the “winemaker’s Brunello” or “textbook Brunello,” transparent wines that capture freshness, purity of fruit and minerality.

While many collector eyes are on the single vineyard expressions, we emphatically endorse the straight Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino; a super cuvée produced with selections from Riccorado’s distinct vineyard holdings including the prized vineyards of Montosoli and Fornace. It absolutely stuns, capturing the essence of Sangiovese, showcasing an expression of density and tension – with the signature nuances of black cherries, baked earth, dried flowers and herbs - all with a salty minerality touch. We are now pleased to present a final allocation of this prized Normale bottling at some of the best pricing in the country.

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ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REVIEWS:

“Le Ragnaie continues to excel with that same approach to purity, yet now they do so with a range of different expressions found throughout Montalcino’s diverse terroir. Located just south of the town of Montalcino, the Le Ragnaie vineyard (the one that started it all) is the highest elevation vineyard in the region with a large portion of old vines, which lends the V.V. a remarkable depth, but also a fresh character even in the warmest vintages. The Fornace vineyard takes advantage of the region's southern climate in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, with thirty-year-old vines planted in soils consisting of calcareous marl, galestra, and sandstone. And then, of course, there is the first bottling of the Casanovina Montosoli in 2015 (a vineyard that requires no introduction); here, Campinoti’s east-facing parcel sits at 300 meters a.s.l. in soils of true galestro. The classic Brunello is today a blending of their different locations, and it’s an overperformer in every way. Vineyard practices are organic, and the winery, although modern and spotless, practices all aging of their Brunello in large Slavonian oak botti.” - Vinous



2016 Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino
$89.99 reg $74.99 special six pack price (84 bottles available)
Where many producers see their single vineyard wines as the most important, Riccardo views his ‘normale’ as his focus and passion. While the vineyards are kept separate for fermentation and aging, he makes his selection for this wine first and everything else is then sorted out after the fact. In 2015, this is 50% Ragnaie (20% of which is V.V.), 30% from Montalcino (67% Montosoli & 33% Petroso), and 20% from Castelnuovo dell’Abate (50% La Cava, 30% Loreto, 20% Fornace). Since 2005, all of the vineyards, except those acquired recently (Montosoli) have been farmed organically and certified since 2012. The grapes were hand harvested and destemmed and lightly crushed, prior to being placed into large cement fermenters undergoing spontaneous fermentation. After three months on skins the must is gently pressed and gravity fed into a mixture of 25-100hL Slavonian botti. After three years of aging the wine was bottled directly from barrel without fining or filtration.

Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “This Super Cuvée from distinct plots and old vines is hands down one of the wines of the vintage. This contains fruit from the south and north for what is a textbook Montalcino expression. Everything about this wine screams classic Brunello and gets you excited about what the noble Sangiovese can achieve. The purity of color in the glass and intoxicating aromatics are well worth the price of admission here alone. Right from the pull of the cork you can expect to find inviting nuances of dried red fruit and flowers, black cherries, blood oranges, a touch of plum, brown spice, sandalwood, wild herbs, and baked earth. There is precision with depth and concentration. This is a Brunello that can be enjoyed today while aging and impressing another ten years. While many collectors will drift to the single vineyard expressions, it is this Super Cuvée that should not be missed by Sangiovese purists.”

This is an email ONLY offer! If you would like to take advantage of this offer that is only available until 11:59pm Wednesday, July 14, 2021, we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com, connect with your portfolio manager, or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation. IWM is not responsible for typographical errors.

All my best,

Chris




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