2013 Castello Tricerchi Brunello Di Montalcino
2013 Castello Tricerchi Brunello Di Montalcino This vintage 2013 is tasteful, fruity, black cherry and strawberry confiture, slightly spicy with notes of tobacco and chocolate. In mouth sensation is warm, smooth, slightly tannic, balanced, intense, long, and fine.
Along the northern slopes of Montalcino, near the edge of the Brunello appellation stands the impressive Castello Tricerchi. Now farmed by the 17th generation of the Tricerchi family, Tommaso and Emanuele Squarcia, the castle’s importance is paramount in Montalcino. Completed by the Tricerchi family in 1441, the fortress became a waypoint for travelers on the Via Francigena—the pilgrims way to the Vatican from France.
These days, there are less religious pilgrims along the route than there are vinous ones: Montalcino has attracted wine lovers to this corner of Tuscany from around the globe, and Tricerchi is rising to the occasion. The Squarcia family once sold their grapes to the Geografico cooperative, but since 2012 they have been working closely with famed “sangiovesista” Maurizio Castelli (of Scopetone and Mastrojanni fame), making wine in a classic style with longer fermentations with indigenous yeasts, and aging in large Slavonian oak casks. The results are sublime: a refreshing classic interpretation of Montalcino terroir from a relative newcomer on the scene—even though their family has been in possession of the castle since the 15th century!
Among Italy’s elite red grape varieties, Sangiovese has the perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Somm Secret—Sangiovese doubles under the alias, Nielluccio, on the French island of Corsica where it produces distinctly floral and refreshing reds and rosés.