|Azienda Renieri in Montalcino|
I’ve been enjoying, and in fact marveling at, the consistent quality of the wines produced by the Bacci family at their three Tuscan estates. In no order, Castello di Bossi, Terre di Talamo, and Renieri are estates to have on your radar. The subject of today’s review, is once again the Montalcino estate of Renieri, but focuses on their Super Tuscan, “RE”.
The Renieri estate comprises 128 hectares in the southern quadrant of Montalcino, on slopes that face Mount Amiata. Thirty hectares are under vine at an elevation of about 1,100 feet above sea level.
After ripping up the old vineyards, new vines were planted in 1998, at a density of 6,000 vines per hectare that now yield the staggering low amount of only one kilo of grapes per vine; the equivalent of a single bottle of wine. The soils on the estate are poor in nutrients and largely volcanic, with strata of limestone and rock. The vines must struggle to survive in this environment and in doing so, produce excellent quality fruit. While Brunello may take center stage here, Merlot and Cabernet also thrive.
The 2009 Reniere “RE” is a lovely Tuscan blend of Merlot (60%) Cabernet (20%) and Petit Verdot (20%). It’s a lovely dark purple in the glass. The highlight of tasting this wine for me was the nose. The aroma is so delicate and intricately woven. Freshly crushed black plums, torn sage, rosemary, mint, lavendar, and flowers just combine to an absolute harmony. On the palate, the wine is more primary, and slightly monolithic at this stage. Perhaps to be expected. There’s a ripe, full bodied core of black fruits framed by exotic spices. The tactile quality of the wine is very seductive – in this sense the Merlot clearly asserting itself. The finish is long and velvety. Beautiful wine and at $38, a fair value. This one needs some cellar time to start developing palate complexity. Hold for 3-5 years. 91 points.
|~ 2009 RE di Renieri – Tuscan Blend of Merlot, Cabernet, and Petit Verdot ~|
June 12, 2013