Sunday, June 23, 2013

San Giorgio "Ugolforte" Brunello Di Montalcino 2005

Here is a moderately priced Brunello that starts off reserved, but opens into a lovely wine.

Opened about 45 minutes in advance, and not decanted, the '05 Ugolforte played it cards close to the vest initially, and required a good 20 minutes in the glass for it to come around and open up. I would recommend an hour in the decanter before pouring. San Giorgio ages this for 12 months in a mix of 50% new, and 50% one year old, French oak barriques. Next, it spends 24 months in large, traditional, Slovonian oak botti.

Who is Ugolforte, you may ask? The story goes that he was a good hearted bandit, like Robin Hood, who sought to free the people of Montalcino from Siena. Here is a wine too, that has a good heart.

San Giorgio "Ugolforte" Brunello Di Montalcino, 2005 13.5% ABV
Montalcino Zone: Castelnuova dell'Abate
Initially, quite reticent on the nose, showing faint notes of fresh red cherries and leather. With time in the glass, the nose revealed lovely spiced red cherry, saddle leather, and earth. The palate is clean and firm, with a light weight in the mouth. There are dried red cherry skins, aromatic leather and flinty earth notes on the palate. The acidity is a fairly crisp, and the tannins moderate. The finish is brief, but pleasant, providing nice grip. The Ugolforte gives a general impression of finesse and elegance, with some strength beneath. It really showed its best toward the end of the bottle, after plenty of time to open up. 88 Pts

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