OWNER | Theresia Baijens Genazzani (Dutch. Lives in Pisa). Her husband is from Florence and is a doctor. They met in Siena and lived there as well as ‘all over Italy’ and in Modena. They wanted a house in Tuscany. They bought the house here and renovated it in 1995. It came with olives and woodland but no vines. They initially had no wish to make wine but in 1996 they planted their first 2ha of vines and finished in 2008 leaving a total of 12ha of vines. Ezio Rivella is the oenologist. Valerio Barbieri is the viticulturist.
VINEYARDS | 12ha of vines. 450 metres. Near Barbi and Il Greppo.
POLYCULTURE | 8ha of olives (there were more, but the owner ripped these out to put the vines in) and 20ha of woodland.
WINEMAKING | Hand picked. 300 barrels. 65hl wooden vats. Fermentation in steel only.
Rosso di Montalcino DOC | 2012 3,560 bottles. Rich blackcurrant colour, sweet and minty, extracted, bit anonymous, but a savoury rather than caricature American style at Benvenuto Brunello Feb 2014. | 2013 Soft, simple and plump at Benvenuto Brunello Feb 2015. | 2014 Bright sour cherry, perfumed, lovely weight, maybe a bit extracted at Benvenuto Brunello Feb 2016.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG | 2000 Very dry, lacks fruit at Benvenuto Brunello 18 Feb 2005. | 2009 17,000 bottles. Garnet, bit dried out at Benvenuto Brunello Feb 2014. | 2009 L13-136. Nice open even texture and quite evolved. Even textured and well done if hardly thrilling at the Consorzio Tues 27th May 2014 with Ian d’Agata and others. | 2010 Simple, firm middle, sticky mid-weight at Benvenuto Brunello 2015. | 2011 Barrel and botti. Bit oaky and extracted at Benvenuto Brunello Feb 2016. | 2014 Mid-weight, plenty of fruit in the middle, slightly dry end but a decent effort, needs a bit more time at Benvenuto Brunello Feb 15 2019.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, L’Olivare | The owners had 14 ha of olives which they removed to re-plant partly with vines. | 2009 Quite evolved. Bit mossy. Nice fruit flavours but a bit muddy. Some wildness. Interesting if a little untidy at the Consorzio Tues 27th May 2014 with Ian d’Agata and others. | 2010 Barrel aged. Bit jammy at Benvenuto Brunello 2015. | 2011 Again, this is too oaky for me, could dry out soon at Benvenuto Brunello Feb 2016.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva | 2006 Bottled.
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I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy
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