Il Marroneto is an estate winery in Località Madonna delle Grazie in the Montalcino region of Tuscany, Italy, just outside the town walls at Localita Madonna delle Grazie. It produces Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG red wines. The estate’s name derives from a church tower that was once used to dry chestnuts (castagne or “marroni” in Italian) for their flour. Giuseppe Mori planted the estate’s Madonna delle Grazie vineyard in the 1970s when his son Alessandro (who now runs the estate) was not yet in his ‘teens. Madonna delle Grazie’s first Brunello di Montalcino was the 1978.
Owner: Alessandro Mori has run the estate since 1993 (previously he co-ran it with his brother Andrea). Contact: Lucia Nannetti.
Winemaking: Fermented in stainless steel. Ageing in French oak and Slavonian oak vats.
Rosso di Montalcino DOC, Ignaccio: 2011 4,267 bottles. Bit warmer, and richer, than Fuligni, full of character, very savoury, ripe but not heavy (Anteprima 2014). | 2012 Vibrant, clear, firm and textured centre from an oak vat at the winery (with Ian d’Agata Tuesday 28th May 2013). | 2013 Very nice (Anteprima 2016).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Il Marroneto: 1980 The first vintage. 1,855 bottles. | 1982 2,555 bottles. | 2016 Well honed, understated fruit, plenty of texture and flavour, time on its side, very good (Aug 2020). | 2000 A bit green (Anteprima 2005). | 2009 13,489 bottles. Sweet, ripe, nice tannin at end, well made, classic (Anteprima 2014). | 2011 Lovely classic, plenty of fruit (with Susan Hulme MW at Osticcio 19th February 2016). Elegant fruit, tannin, very very nice ((Anteprima 2016). | 2012 Some old vine richness, plenty of texture, depth too (Anteprima 2017).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Il Marroneto La Madonna delle Grazie: 2009 9,489 bottles. Nice ruby colour, full, firm, if a bit bakey too I think at the end, rich but has fruit and is classically styled (Anteprima 2014). Deepish colour, ripe, intense, one of the deeper ones, very soft, black fruit, ripe and smooth (at Col d’Orcia 24 June 2014). | 2011 14.5%. Very perfumed, wonderful stuff, violets, very intense, ripe and clear, long and youthful with Susan Hulme MW at Osticcio in Montalcino mid-afternoon Friday 19th February 2016. Really outstanding, warm end (Anteprima 2016).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva, Il Marroneto: 1980 Bottled.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva, Il Marroneto La Madonna delle Grazie: 2015 Bottled.