“Viaggio al Centro del Terroir” (“Journey to the Heart of the Terroir”), the tasting of 7 Brunello di Montalcino, organized by AIS (Italian Sommelier Association), was scheduled right after the tasting of 14 Chianti Classico with Doctor Wine. It happened just by chance, but it was perfect for my journey through Tuscan wines and made a lot of sense in terms of raising complexity and structure of the wines.
The sommeliers leading the presentation were Cristiano Cini, Director of the National Wine Competitions, and Maurizio Zanolla, co-Director.
I was lucky enough to meet both of them during my Sommelier course in Lucca, when Cini taught us several lessons along the three levels and Zanolla focused on meat and cheese when we were dealing with food and wine pairing.
In addition to being very knowledgeable, their tasting transmitted a great passion that you can imagine only if you know how locals speak about their wines in Tuscany.
For each of the seven wines we tasted, there was a brief introduction of the Winery and of the specific vintage; everything was enriched with personal anecdotes of the presenters about the winegrowers.
Here is the list of the 7 Brunello di Montalcino that we tasted:
1. LE POTAZZINE – Brunello di Montalcino 2009
2. PODERE SAN LORENZO – Brunello di Montalcino Bramante 2008
3. LISINI – Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia 2008
4. POGGIO DI SOTTO – Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2008
5. CERBAIONA – Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Storica 2008
6. BIONDI SANTI – Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo 2006
7. IL PARADISO DI MANFREDI – Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2000
Coming soon the most interesting notes and anecdotes about the wines.
As you can see, we were lucky enough to taste a Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2000 by Il Paradiso di Manfredi, which took the closing scene away from Brunello Biondi Santi.
After this tasting, I went straight to the exit of the fair, pretty sure that nothing could make my wine experience better.