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Expert Picks: Collemattoni and La Torre

Posted on | December 22, 2015 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiChristmas is right around the corner and the past few weeks we have seen an unprecedented number of gift orders from our clients. From value plays to exquisite selections, thousands of bottles are en route to homes and cellars around the country. This many gifts means there are many styles, but none were requested as much as the two gems of Montalcino, the iconic Brunello and the “baby brother” Rosso. Here are a couple of my favorites that are still available for you and your loved ones.

Collemattoni 2013 Rosso di Montalcino $24.99

Collemattoni is guided by the Bucci family, whose history in Montalcino dates back to 1798 as a farming family. The crops have changed since then, but these days Bucci controls some 17 acres of Sangiovese planted in Montalcino. This family makes some of the greatest values in the entire region, and despite their outstanding wines, they always managed to fly under the radar. Bright, vibrant and with a racy backbone that makes the mouth water, this “baby Brunello” is a must have. Drink now until 2020.

La Torre 2009 Brunello di Montalcino $59.99

The La Torre property came to be in 1976 just five miles south of the village of Montalcino. At 1500 feet above sea level, the vineyards are quite high and because of this altitude, the estate produces wines of exceptional elegance and balance. This Brunello is one of the more “rustic” selections, and I think everything about this screams “Italy!” Drink now to 2024.

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