Year of the RABBIT

Classification and total production

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

999 numbered 1.5 l bottles

18 numbered Metusalem of 5 l

The 2016 vintage in Castiglion del Bosco

Characterized by a rather mild winter and spring with higher than average minimum temperatures. This led to a slight advance in budding and a beautiful vegetative expression of the vines. The summer was cool and mild, slowing down the maturation which continued slowly and very balanced. Ripe tannins, rich color and good acidity have therefore characterized the Sangiovese of this excellent vintage. The harvest began slightly early and however ended around mid-October as often happens in great vintages. There is an excellent balance in the maturation of the Sangiovese, this should lead to rich but also very elegant wines.

Winification and refinement

The qualitative excellence of the grapes allowed for prolonged maceration, beyond the fermentation times. The wine was aged in selected French oak barriques for 36 months.

Organoleptic notes

“This Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2016 is a true masterpiece. On the nose there are intense hints of ripe fruit such as cherries and plums, enriched by delicate spices such as cinnamon and pepper. On the palate, the balance between soft tannins and acidity makes it a truly pleasant wine, with a final persistence that makes you want to repeat the tasting. This wine is perfect for accompanying red meats, mature cheeses and pasta with hare sauce, and should be served at a temperature of 18-20°C to best bring out all its characteristics.”

– Cecilia Leoneschi, January 2023

 

LEILA DEAR

The Year of the Rabbit label is based on an ancient model, originating in China and widespread throughout the world. The three rabbits symbolize peace, tranquility and luck, through this visual motif. Leila Dear is a 2012 alumna of the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in London, where she specialized in manuscripts, geometry and sacred symbology. Leila is inspired by the natural world and often works with raw materials, extracting pigments from collected minerals and ochres to use.

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