Tenuta San Giorgio "Ugolforte" Brunello di Montalcino 2016

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Alcohol: 14%

Grape(s): Sangiovese

Localization: Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

Tasting Notes: San Giorgio Ugolforte presents a dark core of red and blackberry fruit layered with earth, leather, smoke, and herbs. Complex and elegant, the wine is full on the palate and firm in tannin structure. Refreshing acidity frames a graceful finish. Classic Brunello di Montalcino.

95 points James SucklingThis is a full-bodied red with ripe blackberry, smoked meat, and burnt-orange notes. Strong tannins with a lot of chewiness. Quite tight on the finish. But there is pureness and beauty to this. More opulent than 2015. Drink after 2025.

95 points VinousDeep, dark red fruits and exotic spices give way to hints of menthol, flowery undergrowth, and tobacco as the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolforte unfolds in the glass. It’s silky-smooth and cool-toned with ripe woodland berries, clove, and blood orange hints. Fine tannins coat the palate, but energy remains high due to vibrant acidity, as this tapers off with a salty, almost silty minerality under rosy inner florals. 2016 spent only six months in second-pass barriques before being completed in 30-hectoliter Slavonian oak for another 40 months. Retesting this wine with another year of bottle age was a total pleasure.

 

The Domain: Tenuta San Giorgio was an idea of Guido Folonari, heir to one of the most historical Italian wine families, who decided to develop, 2001 an ambitious wine project. "When I decided to start this adventure alone, I really decided to get up and go. What was I looking for? I did not even know myself. I was looking for a place that would thrill me. I was lucky enough to find three “. So, in a short time, he found three wineries in the most prestigious production areas between Piedmont and Tuscany, which emerged in the Italian wine scenario and were immediately recognized as "the three Killer B's" by Guido Folonari.

Tenuta San Giorgio is part of Guido Folonari's enological project, heir of a historic Italian wine family; three estates located in the most prestigious and renowned areas of Italy: La Morra, Bolgheri and Montalcino. Restored to its former glory, the estate is located in Castelnuovo dell’Abbate, in a beautiful setting of the territory of Montalcino.