Mastrojanni

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Montalcino, Tuscany
People: Illy Family, Owners | Andrea Machetti, Oenologist & CEO | Maurizio Castelli, Winemaker

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Mastrojanni 2013 'San Pio' (Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese) Toscana IGT Login In Stock
Mastrojanni 2011 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Login WA 93 AG 88 WS 90 In Stock
Mastrojanni 2010 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Schiena d'Asino, DOCG Login WA 97 AG 95+ WS 95
Mastrojanni 2014 Rosso di Montalcino DOC Login WA 87 AG 87 WA 87 In Stock

The wine estate Mastrojanni lies in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, in the south easternmost corner of Montalcino, in the Province of Siena. This is an area with a strong winemaking tradition and the homeland of Brunello. The inactive Mount Amiata lends great character to the Sangivese growing in this estate, as the soils are rich in gravel, clay, limestone and sandstone. The estate stretches over 90 hectares, 25 of which for vines, 14 for Brunello, with vineyards often over 35 years old. The height varies from 150 meters to 420 meters above sea level. The area enjoys exposure to all cardinal points, with more or less steep slopes. The average density is of 5,300 vines per hectare yielding below 5 tons per hectare.

Mastrojanni has been writing history with its wines since 1975, collecting awards from all over the world. Today, thanks to an exceptional terroir and men who have believed in it for decades, Mastrojanni has become one of the most respected Montalcino producers. They believe in what the vineyard can yield, so quantities vary vintage to vintage. If the vintage is poor, Mastrojanni has been known not to produce its Brunello, like in the years 1992 and 2002.

History of Mastrojanni: Andrea Machetti was born 50 years ago and has always lived in Montalcino. He never forgot his rural origins and at the beginning of the '80s, he first started his studies in agriculture. He first joined the Montadison Chemical Company and in 1983 he was asked to join the staff developing the new enological techniques in the new cellar at Villa Banfi. During this time he met Maurizio Castelli, a famous enologist who was the technical manager at Castiglion del Bosco – a 1200 hectares extended farm- who wanted Andrea Machetti by his side during the take over from Prenatal Company to Taliani family as vice technician and account manager to build the farm up as a winery.

The partnership between Andrea Machetti and Maurizio Castelli was a success and Castelli, who in the mean time became consultant enologist for many wineries in Montalcino. He spoke about Machetti to the Mastrojanni family as the only man capable of managing the great skills of the winery cooperating with one of the sons in the production and sales of wines. So in June 1992 he started this new adventure having the chance to apply all his knowledge and skills with all the love and passion for his territory. His philosophy perfectly fit in with the lawyer Gabriele (founder of the winery) one: "tradition first", wine comes first from the vineyard and only the maturing happens in the cellar. This is the reason why the Mastrojanni family has left him in charge to manage the vineyards, the cellar and his assistants. Often happened that the wine press would criticize him for his traditional wines but he stuck to his way without being involved with new enological trends, proud of the results recognized by the same press which criticized him.

His greatest goal has been not to introduce barriques into the cellar because he has always stated that Sangiovese has to maintain both its proper features and the ones given by the soil totally integral aging in great capacity botti. In the following years many events such as the death of the founders, the inheritance of the winery (which had in the meantime become a national and international brand) to their sons lead Andrea Machetti to manage the new Mastrojanni winery with the same old love and passion.

During these years a new neighbor arrived. Francesco Illy, always a lover of Mastrojanni wines, bought the nearby farm and started wine production. A great friendship was born. That is the reason why at the moment when first troubles started between the Mastrojanni brothers, Andrea Machetti asked Franceso Illy to acquire this small pearl. Francesco Illy became the spokesman of this proposal to his family who did not let this chance pass by acquiring through the Illy Group in September 2008, naming Andrea Machetti as CEO.

From Gambero Rosso 2012

"A great deal of work is going on at Mastrojanni. The new estate is investing in the cellar above all, both in technology and in medium-sized wooden casks. Andrea Machetti applies his usual enthusiasm to running this traditional old winery whose greatest virtues are its quality and the position of its vineyards, now completely renewed. The wines display the typical south-western Montalcino style with lovely rich extract and rather austere tannins in the early years."

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Reviews

  • Mastrojanni 2014 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (3/1/2016)

    The 2014 Rosso di Montalcino is lean in texture and light in color. Like many of the wines from this vintage, it shows less intensity overall. But it does offer a steady stream of wild berry, cola and cherry aromas that are characteristic of Sangiovese. The finish offers tangy acidity and more easy fruit flavors.
  • Mastrojanni 2010 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Schiena d'Asino, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 97 (3/1/2016)

    The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena d'Asino is a gorgeous wine and one that I highly recommend if you are a Brunello fanatic like me. The purity of the fruit is stunning and the wine underlines the qualities that make Sangiovese among the most noble of all Italian grapes. It offers crystalline intensity with forthcoming aromas of bright cherry, balsam herb, anise seed, pressed violets and spice. This ensemble is balanced and nuanced. It shows amazing depth and complexity. Fruit for the wine is sourced from a single vineyard that runs across the crest of a hill. The name Schiena d'Asino ("the donkey's back") evokes this unique geography. Mastrojanni last made a Riserva in 1998 and the wine (released six years after the harvest) has carried the name of its vineyard designation ever since.
  • Mastrojanni 2011 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (3/1/2016)

    Mastrojanni is on a roll. This extraordinary estate has been enjoying the spotlight lately and very much deserves the attention. I'm adding my name to a long list of their fans. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a classic expression of Sangiovese with soft lines and enduring flavors. You do feel some of the vintage heat, but the ripeness is contained thanks to the delicate and nuanced nature of its fruit. It also shows enormous grace in the mouth. The wine is silky and svelte with long, polished tannins. Mastrojanni's wines are linked by a common characteristic that is easy to identify in most vintages. That common denominator is excellent oak management.
  • Mastrojanni 2011 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (2/1/2016)

    A big, powerful wine, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino wraps around the palate with sweet tobacco, dried cherry, cedar, spice and leather. The warmth of the vintage comes through in the wine's roasted profile, potent personality and forward flavors. This is the most that was possible in what was a very challenging vintage on the southern side of Montalcino.
  • Mastrojanni 2014 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 87 (2/1/2016)

    The 2014 Rosso di Montalcino is an attractive, mid-weight wine to drink now and over the next 2-3 years. Sweet red berry and floral notes add to the wine's near-term appeal. Like most wines in this vintage, the Mastrojanni's Rosso is decidedly light-bodied in structure.
  • Mastrojanni 2010 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Schiena d'Asino, DOCG
    Vinous
    Rating: 95+ (2/1/2016)

    Mastrojanni's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena d'Asino is fabulous. Utterly dazzling in richness and overall intensity, the 2010 Schiena is endowed with tons of energy. Sage, rosemary and a host of Mediterranean herbs open up first, followed by graphite, smoke, incense, dark spices and black stone fruits. Feral, intensely mineral notes underpin the fruit and capture the essence of site. This no-holds-barred Brunello remains remarkably light on its feet for such a big wine. Still, the 2010 Schiena is an inward, brooding wine that is going to need at least a few years to show all it has to offer.
  • Mastrojanni 2010 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Schiena d'Asino, DOCG
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 95 (3/30/2016)

    A tightly wound, firmly structured red, this boasts cherry, strawberry, mineral and tobacco aromas and flavors. Stays fresh and focused, but shuts down a little on the lingering aftertaste. Demonstrates fine potential. Best from 2018 through 2032.
  • Mastrojanni 2011 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (6/15/2016)

    This savory red is fleshy, boasting licorice, saline, soy and sweet berry flavors, with fine balance and a lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2024.
  • Mastrojanni 2014 Rosso di Montalcino DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (2/2/2016)

    The 2014 Rosso di Montalcino is lean in texture and light in color. Like many of the wines from this vintage, it shows less intensity overall. But it does offer a steady stream of wild berry, cola and cherry aromas that are characteristic of Sangiovese. The finish offers tangy acidity and more easy fruit flavors.