2019 Il Marroneto Ignaccio Rosso di Montalcino
Il Marroneto produce some of the purest and most perfumed expressions of Sangiovese made anywhere. Part of the secret lies in their prime location within Brunello's traditional top class territory, situated at 450m above sea level with a cool northern exposure. Combined with the much lauded talents of gifted winemaker Alessandro Mori, and it's clear to see why Il Marroneto are so highly coveted by Brunello fans worldwide.
Alessandro Mori has always adopted a traditional approach, aiming for elegance and purity, without sacrificing depth or impact in his wines. Organic practices have been used in the vineyards since 1988, while natural fermentation occurs and there is neither fining nor filtration before bottling.
Both the Brunello and the Rosso start their life back at the winery as Brunellos, but during their maturation journey, Alessandro will make the decision to ‘declassify’ several bottis, resulting in a small release of Rosso di Montalcino. Prior to fermentation, the grapes spend around 2 days in steel with regular stirring followed by a slow fermentation and maceration for 3 weeks. The fruit is moved into large Slavonian and French Botti for 24 months then racked off and left to settle in steel for a brief period before bottling and release into the market.
The Il Marroneto 2019 Rosso di Montalcino Ignaccio shows a sweet cherry note that is characteristic of the vintage, along with subtle concentration that is a characteristic of the growing season. The results are bright and vertical, and the wine shows directness and a good amount of power on the bouquet. It finishes on a very polished and silky note. Drink 2022 - 2026.
Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Feb 2022)
The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino Ignaccio is delicate yet deep and perfumed, with a hauntingly beautiful bouquet of rose hips, lavender and raspberries laced with nuances of sweet spice. There’s remarkable purity within, lifted and wonderfully refined, as juicy acidity further enlivens its vivid notes of ripe strawberry and plum. Just a hint of fine tannin lingers, allowing nuances of clove and licorice to echo on. This lively and fresh Rosso will win a lot of hearts. Frankly, it’s hard to put the glass down. Drink 2022 - 2026.
Eric Guido - Vinous
Loaded with finesse and flavor, this young, medium-bodied red opens with heady aromas of forest berries, underbrush and grilled herbs with a whiff of leather. On the fresh, savory palate, polished tannins accompany juicy Marasca cherry, blood orange, star anise and truffle before finishing on a note of rusty iron. Drink through 2027.
Kerin O'Keefe - Wine Enthusiast