~ Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie ~

The weather this past weekend here in the Northeast was picture perfect.  It was the postcard backdrop for being outdoors; lighting the firepit and dining al fresco.
The companion to all this was the tiny Brunello estate of Le Ragnaie.  A true working farm, and agriturismo, Le Ragnaie sources it’s Sangiovese from three vineyards throughout the Brunello zone. Using natural methods in the vineyards and traditional methods in the cellar, Le Ragnaie produces Brunello in a classically austere style. 
~ The new cellars at Le Ragnaie ~

The 2007 Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino is a medium ruby to brick colored wine with a trace of copper hue at the rim.  Simply put – the classic color of Brunello. The aroma of the wine was easily coaxed from the glass and dominated by crushed cherry and light sandalwood. Soft, pleasing aromas of earth and worn leather are also apparent. On the palate the wine is well balanced and generous with juicy acids that refresh the palate. Tannins are moderate and well integrated. Flavors follow the nose, with soft woody notes, leather and red fruits in medium bodied proportion. I like the style here, but given the ripeness of the vintage, I would expect more vibrancy from the fruit at this stage. Seems a bit too secondary and dried out already.  90 points, about $40.

~ 2007 Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino ~

~ Vineyards on the Le Ragnaie Estate.  Note the Rose bushes that dot the rows ~
With the Le Ragnaie, we had a combination of fall comfort and late summer bounty;  braised short ribs over vegetable risotto. The creamy rice was accented with green and yellow zucchini, red and yellow pepper and onion.  The long braise on the short ribs made them fork tender.  This was the perfect match for the Brunello. 

~ Braised Beef Short Ribs over Vegetable Risotto ~


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