Year of the Goat

 

93 points – JAMES SUCKLING

 

The second release of the limited edition that follows the Chinese horoscope was dedicated to the Year of the Goat, for this year the label was painted by Zhu Wei.
Elegance and persistence are the adjectives that best characterize this Brunello di Montalcino 2009. The color is a brilliant ruby red with garnet reflections. In the mouth it is fine with tannic notes that reflect the tradition of Brunello di Montalcino. As it opens, it develops a long persistence and a beautiful balance. This vintage was rated 93 points by James Suckling.

Denomination: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Grapes: 100% Sangiovese

Altitude: 450 meters above sea level

Exposure: South-west

Terrain: rocky, strong presence of Galestro

Type of system: guyot

Density: 4,500 plants / ha

Yield: 40 q/ha

Harvest: second half of October

Winemaking: fermentation occurs naturally with the use of indigenous yeasts. The alcoholic fermentation lasted 22 days at a constant temperature of 28°C, followed by a long maceration on the skins.

Aging: 36 months in French oak barriques, wood coming from selected forest plants that are 270/300 years old and 6 months in non-vitrified concrete. em>

Alcohol content: 14.5%

Production: 488 numbered 1.5l bottles and a limited number of 3-bottle sets

Label: painting by the artist Zhu Wei

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ZHU WEI

Zhu Wei was born in Beijing in 1966 and is considered one of the main critics of Chinese politics and society. Worldwide he is recognized as one of the most influential contemporary painters in Asia. Zhu has a strong connection with traditional Chinese painting techniques such as ink washes. In his works of art we see his vision of the world represented – anguished and alienated, both on a personal and political level.

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Charity Gala Dinner 2014

Zodiac Goat was presented in an even more limited edition, in two different formats: 188 magnums featuring the most representative painting and a set of three bottles with three different labels. The total proceeds were donated to a Chinese association.

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