The first appreciative reviews for our 2015 Casisano Brunello di Montalcino Docg 2015, the first vintage of our Casisano Brunello di Montalcino Docg since we purchased the estate in March 2015, has been received by the international press in the best possible way, immediately obtaining some important accolades. Wine critic James Suckling, according to whom 2015 may be considered an extraordinary year for Brunello, gave it a rating of 94/100, while Monica Larner of “Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate” gave it 91/ 100, and Walter Speller (writing for Jancis Robinson) rewarded it with a vote of 17+ out of 20 (read HERE the reviews) These initial successful results from international wine writers reward a wine made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, which comes from the nine hectares of vines at Casisano estate dedicated exclusively to the production of Brunello. These vines are Cordon Spur-trained and face south-east, on mixed soil rich in stones and galestro (schistous marl). The ideal weather conditions of 2015 It is important to recognize that in 2015 there were the ideal weather conditions (a mild winter, an averagely rainy spring, a dry summer and a variable autumn with excellent thermal excursion) in order to be able to pick grapes with notably complex aromas, elegant tannins and natural acidity that was considerably higher than the norm: all decisive in creating a product of rare and outstanding quality. «The first Brunello that we have supervised from the vineyard to the winery» underlines Casisano’s enologist Emiliano Falsini, «is the synthesis of an ideal year and a special terroir: a wine of great depth, structure and elegance, destined to continue evolving with age in the bottle». Casisano’s 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Docg displays a deep ruby color, tinged with garnet. It opens up on the nose with an elegant, fresh complexity, based on the fruity and spicy notes that are typical of Sangiovese. It offers attractive balance on the palate, with its great structure being accompanied by velvety tannins and considerable persistence. Maceration on the skins, maturation in oak casks and aging in bottle Casisano’s 2015 Brunello Docg follows the traditional vinification method, with maceration on the skins for around twenty-five days, followed by maturation for three years in Slavonian oak casks with a maximum capacity of sixty hectoliters and at least six months’ bottle-aging. It is perfect for accompanying rich game dishes, grilled red meats and mature cheeses. Casisano estate The Casisano estate lies on a natural terrace at 480 meters above sea level, overlooking the south-eastern zone of the Montalcino region, facing Sant’Angelo in Colle and the Abbey of Sant’Antimo. The soils are made up of sandstone rocks and schistous marl containing stones, clay, and tuff of volcanic origin. The estate covers an area of 53 hectares, of which 22 are vineyards and 8 are olive groves. Nine hectares are dedicated to the production of Brunello, seven hectares to Rosso, and the other six hectares to the Sant’ Antimo denomination. Casisano is entirely planted with Sangiovese Grosso, with traditional Cordon Spur training, and is divided up into ten vineyard sites. From the oldest of these (of around two hectares) the grapes are selected for the Brunello Riserva Colombaiolo. Plant density is 4,000 vines per hectare, sometimes rising to 5,000 in the older vineyards. The average yield is 7,000 kilos of grapes per hectare. The grapes are selected strictly by hand. Today, the Casisano estate produces around 100,000 bottles a year, of which 45,000 are of Brunello. Each single parcel of Casisano’s vineyards is managed and monitored according to the characteristics of the soil, its exposure and the type of wine to be made from it. This agronomic management allows us to maintain a good balance between vegetation and fruit and guarantees that the vineyards remain in harmony with the ecosystem, thus ensuring that our grapes have excellent taste profiles.