San Felice’s Brunello di Montalcino – Ranked 4th in Wine Spectator’s Top 100Nov 17th, 2011 | By June | Category: Italian Food and Wine
The first Italian wine, and fourth in the world: Thus speaks Wine Spectator, which has just released its Top Hundred, the annual ranking from one of the world’s most authoritative and influential wine publications.
San Felice’s Brunello received a score of 96/100, a fantastic score, accompanied by comments that highlight the characteristics and longevity of the wine, which is the fruit of the terrific amount work carried out over the years by the team assembled by Leonardo Bellaccini, the estate’s Technical Director, who selected the Sangiovese clones and determined the planting density that would allow them to best interpret the terroirs of the estate.
Tenuta di Campogiovanni, which has belonged to San Felice since 1984, consists of 65 hectares located in an area superbly suited for winemaking, the southwest flank of the hill Montalcino is built upon. The land ranges from 250 to 300 meters in elevation, and boasts 20 hectares of vineyards, almost all planted to Sangiovese, though there is also a small vineyard with Pugnitello. The estate produces three expressions of Sangiovese: Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, and in great, 5-star vintages, Brunello il Quercione Riserva.