October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
Marino Colleoni is a man of interesting contrasts: he meticulously crafts tiny quantities of world-class Brunello from vineyards the size of a modest garden, but when it’s time for lunch, he instead opts for a jug of funky white wine made by a friend, apparently his pairing of choice for a selection of artisanal cheeses and chain-smoked cigarettes. I perplexedly partook in sipping the curiously cloudy solution, eager to live like the locals but admittedly a bit confused as to why one of Marino’s majestic reds wasn’t swirling around in my glass instead. As you’ll see with his Rosso from the high-elevation, north-facing slopes of Montalcino, this man means business when it comes to making old-fashioned Sangiovese. Grown organically and aged in Slavonian oak botti, this one is loaded with elegant bright cherry fruit highlighted by floral nuances and subtle gamey undertones. I’ll take that over his buddy’s dubious home brew any day.
|Producer:||Podere Sante Marie|
|Winemaker:||Luisa & Marino Colleoni|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1998, 1.5 ha total|
|Aging:||18-month elevage in Slavonian oak barrels ranging from 5 to 25 hL and from 3 to 10 years old|
Luisa and Marino Colleoni’s native Bergamo is famous for its medieval palaces, but to them it just couldn’t compare to Tuscany. The couple purchased a property outside Montalcino known as Le Sante Marie and moved in 1993. During a walk, they spotted grapes through the leaves of a tree. They got to work clearing away scrub and when they finished, a neatly planted vineyard lay before them. They summoned an inspector and had the vineyard certified for Brunello. They embraced organic viticulture, and constantly search for even more natural methods. The northern exposure, high altitude, and marl soil that of this property all combine to give elegant and fine Brunellos that sets itself apart from the majority of Brunellos in Montalcino.
You don’t have to be rich to cellar a great wine.