VAL DI SUGA, BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
TUSCANY, ITALY 2018
Why Buy: From the Montalcino marvel Val di Suga comes this stellar quartet we've assembled for you today, all from their 2018 portfolio, including their 97-point Brunello Poggio al Granchio and their 95-point Brunello di Montalcino.The estate’s calling card has always been the harmonics and balance of its Brunellos, drawn from three vineyards in its holdings, coupled with its long fermentations and patient aging. It all adds up to the kind of assured, mature winemaking we see in these fantastic four.
What They're Saying: "Full and beautifully pure on the palate," Jeb Dunnuck gushed over the “outstanding,” 97-point Brunello Poggio al Granchio. In a 95-point love letter to the Brunello di Montalcino, he declared it “absolutely gorgeous,” a wine of "graceful elegance and polish" and "Burgundian" character.
The Story: Val di Suga is the only estate in all of Montalcino to have vineyards in three different crus, each with a different soil, each with its own microclimate. It is in the blending of these grapes that Val di Suga finds its distinction. These are wines in the stately, classical style that so many drinkers first fell in love with.
The Specs: Long fermentations are the norm here, with around 20 days post-fermentation maceration, on the skins. The Brunellos are then aged in French oak for 24 months, with six months in concrete vats to follow.
Our Tasting Notes: The Brunello Poggio al Granchio combines opulence and depth with a striking clarity and definition: a true showcase wine. The Brunello di Montalcino impressed us with its degree-of-difficulty artistry: it has a lot going on (aromatic complexity, mid-palate intensity, acidity, minerality, salinity), but it's all so seamlessly and winningly knitted. Set alongside these two, the Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Lago would appear to be a departure, being a comparatively lighter wine; but size notwithstanding, we found little diminishment of flavor or texture, as well as a long, gorgeous finish.
Fun Fact: In case you were looking for more assurance of greatness, consider this: the company that imports Val di Suga, Wilson Daniels, reps some of the greatest wines in the world, among them Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Biondi-Santi, and Dal Forno Romano.
What to Pair Them With: Pan-seared duck breast; roast pork or lamb; pan-seared mushrooms with thyme; charcuterie and cheese boards.
Our Guarantee: We always buy and source direct, so rest assured: your wines will arrive in your hands with pristine provenance. Order yours today!
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