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Tenuta San Giorgio "Ugolforte" Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 95] [VM 94] [WS 94] [D 94] [WE 92]
Tenuta San Giorgio "Ugolforte" Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 95] [VM 94] [WS 94] [D 94] [WE 92]


 
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Winery: Tenuta San Giorgio
Varietal: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750 mL

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Product Code: SANGIORGIOUGOLFORTEBDM16-W
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Notes from the Winemaker:
The San Giorgio estate vineyards are essentially a continuation of the coveted Poggio di Sotto site in Castelnuovo dell'Abate. As such, the Sangiovese Grosso cultivated here benefits from the same climatic conditions, soils, and exposures as its world-renowned sibling. As part of the Collemassari Group of estates, San Giorgio's vines are now managed and vinified by the same world-class winemaking team of Tuscan icons, Poggio di Sotto and Grattamacco. The name “Ugolforte” comes from a well-known bandit which during the XII century has lead the rebellion of Montalcino’s people against the power of Siena.

This wine is produced from the estate's most mature vines (20 years old on average), situated between 250 and 400 meters above sea level. The soil is rich with calcareous deposits and clay. The climate is mild and Mediterranean with nearly constant winds, creating an ideal environment for minimally invasive viticulture.
The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with gentle and repeated pumping over, allowing a long maceration and slow release of noble and fully ripe tannins. Aging is carried out in 30hl oak casks over a period of 24 months.

Tasting Notes:
San Giorgio Ugolforte presents a dark core of red and black berry fruit layered with earth, leather, smoke, and herbs. Complex and elegant, the wine is full on the palate and firm in tannin structure. Refreshing acidity frames a graceful finish. Classic Brunello di Montalcino.

Food Pairing:
Traditionally paired with game and hardy, autumnal fare, Brunello di Montalcino is one of the world's great red wines. Enjoy with a celebratory meal or contemplate alone as a true "Vino da Meditazione

Ratings & Reviews
95 Points - James Suckling:
"This is a full-bodied red with ripe blackberry, smoked-meat and burnt-orange notes. Strong tannins with a lots of chewiness. Quite tight on the finish. But there is pureness and beauty to this. More opulent than the 2015. Drink after 2025. (Oct 2020)

94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolforte is a dark beauty, impressing with its youthful poise but also its potential. Mint leaf and a dusting of cedar give way to crushed stone, wild strawberry and hints of flowery undergrowth. There are depths of velvety textures and polished red/black fruits, which create a sense of elegance; yet you can feel that there are layers here which are currently unseen. A complex web of fine tannins and minerals penetrate deeply, just as brisk acids and remnants of tart woodland berries fight to remain prevalent; yet all that remains is a hint of licorice. Wow."
– Eric Guido (Nov 2020)

94 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This red is fresh, with pure black cherry fruit accented by licorice, earth, tobacco and spice notes. Firmly structured yet more sleek than dense, thanks to a brisk acidity, the lingering tannins are offset by an echo of ripe fruit. Best from 2024 through 2045. 4,000 cases made, 750 cases imported." – BS (June 2021)

94 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Just after the 2016 harvest, the ColleMassari Group’s Claudio Tipa purchased the San Giorgio property and immediately started the conversion to organic viticulture. Ageing has also been adjusted - this no longer sees any new barriques and instead matures entirely in 30hL Slavonian oak casks. It shows wonderful restraint with subtle scents of lavender, lilac and mint blossom. Black cherry and earth appear on the palate, which is firm and admirably uncompromising in its constitution. A robust and concentrated yet buoyant Brunello." – Michaela Morris (Mar 2021)

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Blue-flower, star anise, coffee- bean and crushed mint aromas take shape in the glass. On the austere, linear palate, taut, close-grained tannins accompany sour cherry, blood orange and licorice while firm acidity keeps it light on its feet. Drink 2024–2031." - Kerin O’Keefe (5/1/2021)

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