Brunello di Montalcino

  • Greg Sherwood: 94
  • Jancis Robinson: 16


Bottle size: 750 ml,

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This is one of Montalcino’s hidden treasures. Unknown to many, Ferruccio Biondi – credited with “inventing” Brunello – planted his first Sangiovese on the best location he could find in the region. That was not the now-famous Tenuta Greppo estate, however, but rather the Scarnacuoia cru – where we find Podere Scopetone’s vines today. This tiny, hallowed site, replanted in 1978, gives a taste of the region’s origins. Its soils are some of the area’s oldest due to the exfoliating exposure of this treacherously steep slope. Since local couple Loredana Tanganelli and Antonio Brandi acquired it in 2009, they have given new life and new meaning to Brunello’s original vineyard. They’re building a reputation for making some of the region’s purest, most desirable wines. Their total production is a tiny 2.5 hectares. They farm organically, though you won’t find certification on the label.

In The Cellar
Three years in large 33hl oak botti, followed by 12 months in cement, allow the wine to relax and smooth. The results are bright, open and composed: peaches and glossy red berries with the bite of pomegranate. The tannins are softer and cleansing than many vintages, while the finish is extended by floral high notes and a minty mineral tang. Drink 2023 - 2038

In The Vineyard
This comes from Brunello’s original Scarnacuoia vineyards, which are some of the coolest in the region. Yields were lower in 2018, the colour lighter and alcohol lower, yet there is still focus in this wine The old vines give this Brunello an enchanting nose: cinotto, blue fruits, mineral details and smoky depth.
"From Scopetone’s original vineyards, this is a sleeping beauty. It’s matured in large oak casks for three years, followed by 12 months in cement, allowing the tannins to smooth out. The results are astonishing: the wine is composed and feels glossy but has a lightness of touch. It combines the very best of Sangiovese: power, purity and perfume. Drink 2026-2038+."- Greg Sherwood MW.
Cultivar Description:100% Sangiovese