Voliero Brunello di Montalcino 2012
Andrea Cortonesi, proprietor and vigneron at the Uccelliera estate, founded Voliero in 2006. It is made from vineyards 200 meters higher in elevation than Uccelliera, creating more of a classic and elegant counterpart to Uccelliera’s power and fruit. The wine matures in large Slavonian and French oak casks for 30 months, producing a wine with incredible dark fruit and licorice notes, and polished tannins reminiscent of great Barolo.
WA94+: "Voliero is a second brand made by Uccelliera's Andrea Cortonesi. It's slightly more affordable but that's a tricky argument to make given the new sky high price points I'm seeing across the denomination. The Voliero 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a very pretty expression with dark fruit and an impressive sense of purity and primary fruit authenticity. At its core, you will encounter savory tones of spice, tobacco and leather. The bouquet also offers those beautifully polished Sangiovese-driven aromas of licorice, blue violets and balsam herb. The mouthfeel is succulent and rich. This is a very respectable Brunello that should age forward for at least ten years." - The Wine Advocate