~ Azienda Lisini ~

Lisini is iconic in Montalcino.

While I’ve long been an admirer of the family and their Brunello, I was unfamiliar with the subject of today’s article. When I stumbled across it at a local shop, I decided to taste it. The Lisini farm covers a total of approximately 154 hectares of which 20 are devoted to vineyards and the remainder to olive groves, forest and other agricultural products.  Located in the southern portion of the Brunello zone, about 5 miles from Sant’ Angelo in Colle,  the exposition of Lisini’s vineyards is ideal.  Sitting at approximately 350 meters above sea level, the vines benefit from southerly sun exposure, but receiving cooling breezes that come up from the Maremma Valley during the evenings. 


2012 appears to be the next great vintage coming from Montalcino.  In fact, the Consorzio Brunello has awarded the vintage 5 stars.  My many tastings of the 2012 Rosso di Montalcino bear this out, so I was anticipating a great showing from today’s wine and I wasn’t disappointed. 
~ Lisini Vineyards during Vendemmia ~
The 2012 Lisini San Biagio is a different view on Sangiovese grown in the Montalcinese terroir.  The wine is 100% pure Sangiovese Grosso with the main difference from the regulated wines being that San Biagio is  vinified in stainless steel and sees no oak treatment. 
In the glass, the wine is a deep ruby color with vibrant violet reflections.  Aromas of flowers, cherries, lavender, and fresh herbs are pristine and focused.   On the palate, the wine is fresh and vivacious with juicy berry flavors that are accented with herbs,  new suede, and slight fresh fennel notes.  I love this wine and it was delicious both with and without food.  An excellent value from Montalcino at just under $20.  90 points.
~ San Biagio is 100% Sangiovese ~


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