Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara DOCG 2016

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Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara DOCG 2016 play

Region: Italy / Tuscany / Montalcino
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso

Brunello Manachiara is the wine of sunrise, the wine from the East. Manachiara's vineyard is located in the East side of Montalcino with a South-East exposure at approximately 300 m a.s.l. and composed of sands rich in quartz and pliocene clays. Vines are planted using training system of spurred cordon with 4,500 plants per hectar. Harvest is conducted manuallly into cases in last week of September. The juice is fermented for at least 25 days at a controlled temperature of 82°F. After maceration the wine is matured for 18 months in French oak Tonneaux (Allier); followed by 12 months in large oak barrels from Slavonia. Finally the wine is bottle aged for at least 12 months.

94 Points

Wine Spectator

2016 vintage
96 Points


2016 vintage
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harvest note

Like dominos falling into place, the 2016 vintage started out with a large amount of precipitation from January through February, around 220 millimeters, which helped to build water reserves. March was cooler than normal, with budbreak starting around the middle of the month, leading into a temperate yet dry April. However, water reserves from the winter months maintained homogenous growth throughout. The end of April into May was rainy, with around 145 millimeters of further precipitation, followed by June, which continued to be wet yet more in line with an average year. Luckily, temperatures were cooler than usual, which slowed the growth of the vines. Combined with good ventilation (for both northern and southern producers), this mix kept the production of rot at bay. Ultimately, these conditions were the key to balancing the warm and dry summer months. Warm but never hot, 2016 is often described as having very even temperatures and no dramatic swings, other than the strong diurnal shifts between day and night, which helped in the healthy maturation of fruit. The autumn months and into harvest continued this theme, with temperate and dry conditions, save for a large rainstorm in the middle of September. Producers in warmer locales picked just prior to these rains, while others were able to comfortably wait for dry conditions to return. Reported harvest dates throughout the region spanned from early September to mid-October.

tasting note

Deep winy red color, with the characteristic bouquet of fresh red fruit. Great tannic structure on the palate, with an excellent acidic framework. A wine with an excellent, lingering aromatic persistency in the nose and in the mouth.

food pairing

Pairs well with meat, seasoned cheese, game.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
APPELLATION: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
PH: 3.45
ACIDITY: 5.7 g/l
ABV: 15%
AGING: Maturation for 18 months in French oaktonneaux (Allier), followed by 16 months in large oak barrels from Slavonia.

points of distinction

  • Brunello is one of the legendary, collectible wines of Tuscany
  • A single-vineyard wine from a legendary plot
  • An ageworthy wine of great depth and complexity
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Silvio Nardi’s youngest daughter, Emilia Nardi, has focused on vineyard development and produced wines of depth that are profound expressions of the land they come from.

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