“($175) Here's a wine that embodies the spirit of the vintage. It comes from a small one-hectare vineyard site located on the crest of a hill, or the so-called ‘donkey's spine’ maybe because it looks like a schiena d'asino or maybe because the labor-intensive farming broke its proverbial back. The Mastrojanni 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena d'Asino shows a sweet spot with ripe red cherry and plump blackberry or plum. It segues slowly to spice, tar and licorice. This wine is a bit more streamlined and linear compared to the Vigna Loreto, and the Vigna Schiena d'Asino is also longer, deeper and more nuanced in comparison. It finishes with a beautiful blast of bight cherry. This wine is truly beautiful. Only 6,000 bottles were made, and we can look forward to this wine's release in September 2020. Drink: 2021-2040. 98 points.” –Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Jan. 31, 2020.
The intensity and brightness of summer 2015 brought the old vines of Sangiovese to the maximum expression, giving us a wine of great personality, guided by compact and ripe tannins, never astringent, which culminate in a unique finish for elegance and depth
Grape variety: 100% Sangiovese (Brunello)
Barrel aging: 42 months in 16 hl barrels made of Allier oak.
Bottle aging: 12 months.
Colour: Deep red, thick and clear.
Nose: Ripe red fruit and balsamic Mediterranean scrub.
Palate: A noble and austere opening, full and savoury, born to stand the test of time.
Pair with: With or without food, in company.
Production: 6.000 bottles.