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Wine Spectator said that "If you want to understand what great Italian wine is all about, buy a bottle of Brunello. No wine in Italy matches Tuscany's Brunello di Montalcino when it comes to class and age-ability."
This region enjoys a very respectable reputation, and it's at the top of its game when it comes to elegance, high-quality, top wines, that are meant to cellar for years.Over the past decade, more than any other Italian wine region, it has been experiencing ongoing top vintages that result in consecutive amazing wines.
Lazzeretti is the living image of high-quality Brunello. They're a relative newcomer in Brunello, with production starting in 2001. Marco and Julia are brothers and sisters who personally oversee the production and business. They make around 2,000 cases per year, as well as a small amount of Rosso, Riserva, Grappa, and extra virgin olive oil. Although the distribution of the Lazzeretti label started at the turn of the century, the Lazzeretti family has been producing wine since the 80s. It wasn't until Marco decided to produce wine from their grapes for their own label.
This is one of our best-buys Brunello di Montalcino. Top 93pt Brunello at the lowest price anywhere! The 2017 vintage is not a super tannic vintage that will require years of aging to enjoy. You can enjoy this wine now.
Aging: 30 months in 35/40 hl Slavonia oak barrels
Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso. The wine is a bright ruby color showcasing the classic aromas of light red fruits and just a touch of herbal complexity that one would expect from a well-made Brunello. The palate is pushing towards full-bodied reiterating the aromas, with a solid tannin structure and a long finish.
Decidedly floral in the primary profile showing notes of linden, hawthorn, jasmine, camphor, and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, biting tannins of good quality conceals character and a hot finale that needs time to distend. Better from 2023. ~93 WinesCritic.com
~93 International Wine Report
Aromas of ripe dark-skinned fruit, tobacco, and baking spice emerge from the glass. The taut, already approachable palate offers sour cherry, licorice, and tobacco alongside dusty tannins. ~90 Wine Enthusiast.
Really tannic and chewy with lots of dried berry and wood. It’s full and rather extracted. Will probably soften with age but it’s a little overdone. Try after 2023. ~90 James Suckling.
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