Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Like our Padelletti find a few years back, every now and then we come across one of those producers that makes you say, where was this little winery hiding. For IWM, the biodynamic Casa Raia Brunello di Montalcino is a nice departure from some of the deeper, richer, more dark-fruited Brunellos we have been featuring. This is a more classic, saline and red fruit-driven expression, courtesy to a more organic approach in the vineyards and the cellar, as well as their four-hectare vineyard plot located at 370 meters altitude on Alberese limestone rock. With aeration you can expect nuances of red cherries, cranberries, licorice, wild herbs, brown spice, underbrush, with a touch of saddle leather and sandalwood. This is exciting Brunello that combines biodynamics with innovation and old world winemaking. The wine does capture a more Burgundian side to Montalcino – with the Brunello offering generous fruit but with delivering tertiary nuances that
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