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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."
And we say: if you truly want to understand the class and age-ability of a Brunello that Jame's Suckling is talking about, buy a bottle (or 6 for free shipping) of the 2017 Colle Nero Tradinoi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG.
Montalcino is a superstar wine region. This incredibly beautiful place located in Tuscany holds some of the world’s greatest red wines.
The story of Terre Nere started when Salvatore Vallone (an experienced agriculture who was working in Palermo,) and his wife Vincenza, decided to move to beautiful Tuscany. Here, they started to raise cattle, made cheese, and produced oil and vino di Tavola. Salvatore passed on his passion for agriculture to his son Pasquale. And even though, Pasquale had a successful career as a banker, it was his love for the land that determined his future.
In 1996, Pasquale purchased 37 acres of land. And with the help of his wife and kids, they started planting their very first vines. Little did this family know that the winery which started as a weekend hobby was soon to become a flagship estate in the Montalcino region.
Terre Nere means “Black Land.” The name was given thanks to the black soil where the vineyard is located. This is due to due to the proximity of the Amiata, an extinct volcano, that gives each of Terre Nere’s wines a unique personality.
The 24-acre vineyard is mostly planted with Montalcino’s great queen, Sangiovese, and a small percentage with Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is placed in a beautiful region, with exquisite beauty, surrounded by virgin forests. Soils composed of Galestro, and clay loam.
The wines at Terre Nere are artisanally crafted. They take care of every minimum aspect, from the vineyard to the cellar. The winemaking team is led by winemaker Niccolo since 2018. Niccolo works with Francesca and Federico, Pasquale’s sons, to create these amazing gems. Consultants Giuseppe Gorelli and agronomist Federico Becarelli have been helping with the biodynamic and sustainable conversion. Both the vineyard and wines are organic certified.
Aging: 3 years in large Slavonian oak barrels and at least 6 months in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso. Amazing structure, elegant and fine, it has soft and silky tannins. This powerful Brunello shows the aromas of ripe red fruits with light menthol notes and hints of tobacco. A good acidity. This wine will age for a long time.
~91 James Suckling.
~91 Vinous Media.