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Le Potazzine Rosso Di Montalcino


Gigliola Giannetti is as “Montalcino” as it gets. Born and raised in this southern Tuscany town, her first job was working with the legendary Franco Biondi Santi. After opening a wine shop on the main road in Montalcino she befriended consultant Giulio Gambelli, who would eventually encourage her to start her own winery. Purchasing her first parcel of vines in 1993, she released her first vintage of Brunello di Montalcino in 1997. The winery’s name, Le Potazzine (local dialect for a songbird), comes from the nickname Gigliola’s mother had given her two granddaughters. Immediately recognized by the world’s wine intelligentsia, these wines are heralded for their precise qualities and elegance.

“The 2019 Rosso di Montalcino seduces with a classic bouquet of wildflowers, savory herbs and red woodland berries. It’s wonderfully pure; yet it shows an unexpected amount of weight and concentration for the Rosso category, with notes of tart cherry giving way to inner violet florals. There’s a coating of dark fruit that lingers along, with round tannins adding subtle grip. This is really quite stunning today, but it will likely be even better with a year or two of cellaring, and it has me very excited to see how the 2019 Brunello will be like. Drinking window: 2022 – 2028.” – Vinous

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