Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2008
Elegant and well balanced, powerful, but clean and smoothand a dynamic rising finale.
Pairs well with roast and stewed red meats, game, aged cheeses.
Wine Spectator 93 points – Exudes a ferrous aroma and flavor, with cherry, currant, tobacco and spice flavors adding depth and interest. Taut and almost racy, with a long, sinewy finish. This will be interesting when it unfolds. Best from 2021 through 2035. 1,600 cases made. -BS.June/2017
The Uccelliera estate was at once part of neighboring Ciacci Piccolomini until 1986, when winemaker Andrea Cortonesi purchased it from his friends and former employers. After refining his trade as cellar master for Ciacci, Andrea ventured out on his own with the formation of Uccelliera. His first vintage was 1991 with the production of a mere 500 bottles!
The wines have quickly become cult favorites amongst the cognoscenti. Tucked away in the southeast corner of the appellation in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, the soil here is loose and stony which when coupled with a warm microclimate gives the wines of Uccelliera a rich and ripe expression, vintage after vintage. Two hectares adjacent to Ciacci’s famous ‘Pianrosso’ vineyard were recently added to this boutique estate, bringing the total to a mere six hectares. Andrea Cortonesi is tireless in his approach to winemaking, with all vineyard work done exclusively by hand.