Our Brunello Riserva is a selection of grapes from a single vineyard. Not made each year, these perfect Sangiovese, have a similar winemaking and ageing process as our Brunello. The ideal maturity of the tannins from the skins, will carry with time a complex contrast between structure and elegance. The minimum required of ageing time is 6 years before release. Going further, kept in a private cellar , our Riservas will reveal a unique longevity of freshness.
Montalcino · Loc. Castelnuovo dell’Abate
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Slavonian oak casks
Pump over and delestage
French oak 26 hl
24 months in wood, 4 months in steel, 18 months in bottle before releasing
This rich red is energetic and balanced, saturated with black cherry, plum and mineral flavors. Accents of wild rosemary and sage chime in as this remains fresh and long on the iron and underbrush aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2045. —B.S.
This cherry- and raspberry-flavored red is underlined by a saline note, with floral, eucalyptus, thyme and tobacco notes joining the party as everything plays out on the lingering, tightly wound finish. Shows energy and finds balance in the end. Best from 2026 through 2043. —B.S.
Sweet berries and cherries with orange peel and hints of sandalwood. Medium to full body with firm, integrated tannins and a fresh, vivid finish. Firm tannins, but together and so delicious already. Give this two or three years to come around even more. Try after 2023
A single vineyard expression from Pian Bossolino, La Fiorita’s Riserva was picked on 10 October. It comes across as very ripe in its aromas of wild black cherry and exotically spiced plum. Traces of smoke interject. There is a stony undertow on the mid-palate countering the boisterous mix of red and black fruit. A full-bodied, southern Brunello, this is well-proportioned and elegant in tannins. It finishes delectably sappy. Among the many overhauls this estate has made in the last few years, La Fiorita began working with renowned consultant Maurizio Castelli in 2016. Drinking window: 2022-2035
La Fiorita's 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva leaves a lasting impression that is due to the purity and the depth of aromas in part but is also due to the very high 15% alcohol. A little less alcoholic heat would be more conducive to the delicate and lifted aromas of Sangiovese. Fruit for the Riserva comes solely from the Pian Bossolino vineyard. This wine is instead all about brawn and muscle; as a result, you're best off serving it with a creamy dish like steak smothered in mushroom sauce. A mere 3,200 bottles are hitting the market now.
The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (with only 3,900 bottles made) shows a dark and nicely saturated appearance followed by fruit-forward aromas of dark cherry, cassis, spice, moist soil, balsam herb and fresh pine cone. This pretty wine reveals all the classic characteristics of Brunello and they are presented with elegant and lasting intensity. The tannins and acidity are firmly developed in this vintage and pave the way for longer cellar aging potential and future evolution.
This red boasts sweet, ripe cherry, raspberry and plum flavors, with tar, spice and licorice in supporting roles. Vibrant, harmonious and expressive through the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2015 through 2035. 1,000 cases made
Maturing ruby with narrow orange rim. Tobacco-leaf nose indicating quick development. The palate is much more interesting, with tangy dark fruit that comes in layers. Grainy tannins stick to the palate, while the fruit spreads out on the finish. (WS)
Aromas of plums and berries with flowers and dried meat. It’s full-bodied with round, juicy tannins and an extremely polished and beautiful finish. Hints of walnut and spice at the end, not to mention ash. Very attractive to taste now, but better after 2025.
This Riserva from La Fiorita boasts a full and generous style with pretty richness, concentration and ample intensity. This pretty wine really does hit those 2015 vintage expectations dead on. The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva offers plush fruit and good softness with cherry, cassis, spice, potting soil and candied orange peel. There is balanced intensity here with Sangiovese purity that cedes to lightly toasted aromas.
Bello il porpora che si trasforma in rubino alla vista, netta la ciliegia al naso, così come la viola, e note piacevoli di timo e maggiorana, bocca in splendida forma, fine, delicata, fruibile, delicata. finale dolce, docile succoso e caldo
This delivers a fresh and complex nose with red plums and berries, as well as warm spices and terracotta. The palate has smooth, fine and quite dense tannins with ample fruit flavor. Drink or hold
Mid Ruby. Heady, light-toned, just on the right side of volatile. Slightly porty. Quiet flattering and satisfying, but not very appetising. Pretty flashy!
he 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva from La Fiorita is a pretty, floral and sweetly spiced effort. Dried roses, black cherry, cinnamon, clove and a dusting of cocoa create a seductive display. It’s silky in texture and polished, with depths of dark red berry fruit, wild herbal tones and a note of menthol, which forms toward the close. The first hint of tannin comes through in the finish, yet it is perfectly balanced by residual acids with an air of inner rose lingering long. In the past, I’ve found the style of this house to be too focused on ripeness and wood, yet that is not the case in this wonderfully balanced and oak-integrated 2015 Riserva.
Crushed stone, exotic spices, roses and strawberries create an alluring bouquet as the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva blossoms in the glass. It soothes with silky textures and dark ripe fruits, lifted by bright acidity and minty herbal tones. The tannic structure comes through in the finale, clenching the palate firm with youthful poise, while leaving hints of plum under an air of violet-tinged florals. Though it’s tightly wound, only a few years of cellaring should be necessary to enjoy the 2016 Riserva to its full effect
Il 2015 per James Suckling rappresenta un’annata storica ed imperdibile. “I vini- afferma Suckling- mostrano un’impressionante precisione, nei frutti vividi, nei tannini eleganti, nella freschezza,nell’acidità, nonostante una grande maturità e ricchezza, caratteristiche che ne fanno una delle annate più interessanti”.