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Wine Spectator said that "If you want to understand what great Italian wine is all about, buy a bottle of Brunello. No wine in Italy matches Tuscany's Brunello di Montalcino when it comes to class and age-ability."
This region enjoys a very respectable reputation, and it's at the top of its game when it comes to elegance, high-quality, top wines, that are meant to cellar for years. Over the past decade, more than any other Italian wine region, it has been experiencing ongoing top vintages that result in consecutive amazing wines.
Lazzeretti is the living image of high-quality Brunello. They're a relative newcomer in Brunello, with production starting in 2001. Marco and Julia are brothers and sisters who personally oversee the production and business. They make around 2,000 cases per year, as well as a small amount of Rosso, Riserva, Grappa, and extra virgin olive oil. Although the distribution of the Lazzeretti label started at the turn of the century, the Lazzeretti family has been producing wine since the 80s. It wasn't until Marco decided to produce wine from their grapes for their own label.
This is one of our best-buys Brunello di Montalcino. Top 93pt Brunello at the lowest price anywhere! The 2017 vintage is not a super-tannic vintage that will require years of aging to enjoy. You can enjoy this wine now.
Aging: 30 months in 35/40 hl Slavonia oak barrels
Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso. The wine is a bright ruby color showcasing the classic aromas of light red fruits and just a touch of herbal complexity that one would expect from a well-made Brunello. The palate is pushing towards full-bodied reiterating the aromas, with a solid tannin structure and a long finish.
Decidedly floral in the primary profile showing notes of linden, hawthorn, jasmine, camphor, and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, biting tannins of good quality conceals character and a hot finale that needs time to distend. Better from 2023. ~93 WinesCritic.com
~93 International Wine Report
Aromas of ripe dark-skinned fruit, tobacco, and baking spice emerge from the glass. The taut, already approachable palate offers sour cherry, licorice, and tobacco alongside dusty tannins. ~90 Wine Enthusiast.
Really tannic and chewy with lots of dried berry and wood. It’s full and rather extracted. Will probably soften with age but it’s a little overdone. Try after 2023. ~90 James Suckling.
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About the Winery
There are no secrets to the production of Kracher’s unparalleled range of remarkable sweet wines, headlined each year by up to a dozen or more trockenbeerenauslese cuvées. For three generations the Kracher family has led the way in the Seewinkel, that corner (Winkel) of Austria to the east of Lake Neusiedl, just an hour’s drive from Vienna. It was Alois Kracher Senior, back in the ‘50s and ‘60s who first realized the potential of the area for quality wine growing. Then in 1991, Alois Junior (Luis) set the world on fire with his ‘new’ style of dessert wine, focusing on finesse and balance in addition to just outright sweetness. From there he went on to win the British Wine Journal’s ‘Winemaker of the Year’ title 5 times, before his untimely passing in 2007.
“Luis” Kracher is one of the greatest visionaries in winemaking and was a driving force behind the “Austrian wine wonder” during the 1990s and a motor behind the renaissance of noble sweet wines. The whole wine world mourned the premature death of Luis, who – as a trained chemist – began his winemaking career at his father’s estate aged twenty-two years old.
He created a new style of dessert wine, in which the fruit character, ﬁnesse, and balance of the wine were far more important than just mere sweetness. The 1991 vintage brought Kracher his ﬁrst international acclaim, and shortly afterward, his name would become synonymous with cult sweet wines, especially in America.
Zwischen den Seen "in between the lakes" are the wines aged in wood barrels or tanks, and under long yeast contact to deliver fresh, fruity wines with grape aromas. The Nouvelle Vague wines are aged in small barrels and allowed to interact with air during the aging process. The Nouvelle Vague are vivid and lively in taste, these wines show a spicy depth and length.
The dessert wines from Kracher are now widely considered some of the finest "Stickies" or sweet wines in the world. In fact, the Kracher wines have bested the noble (and much, much more expensive) Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes in numerous blind tastings. These wines are bright fresh and a true celebration to drink and enjoy. Kracher sweet wines are also incredibly interesting and delicious to drink following extended aging; they are built to last generations.
If you love sweet wines, these are some of the finest sweet wines available anywhere. BHW has the best price in the US.
About the Wine
Grape Variety: 100% Scheurebe
Residual Sugar: 289 g/L
Acidity: 8.3 g/L
Vinification: Fermented and matured in stainless steel for a period of 18 months.
Tasting notes: Sweet Wine. 100% Scheurebe. Bright golden-yellow. Bouquet of meadow herbs, delicate notes of stone fruit, and lychee. The palate is fresh and vibrant, with nuances of pineapple, and tropical fruit notes on the finish, complemented with a hint of honey in the aftertaste. Good grip.
An exquisitely floral honeysuckle aroma surrounds a creamy yet sharp note of passion fruit, while a peppery verve tingles around the edges. The palate has the same playful character: a floral tease here, a full-blown passion-fruit kiss there, a total embrace of sweetness balanced by a sure-footed command of acid that draws everything together and assembles a newly precise picture with every sip. This is so heady, so delicious, so pure, so moreish that it should be a controlled substance. This should hold well through 2040, at least. ~100WE