Mastrojanni 2013 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Schiena d'Asino, DOCG
Item Number: 12855
Sub Region: Montalcino
Appellation/AVA: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Vigna Schiena d'Asino
Grape(s): 100% Sangiovese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Case Production: 416
The Vigna Schiena d'Asino is Mastrojanni's prized vineyard. This wine is only produced in the absolute best vintages. In fact, no single vineyard wines by Mastrojanni were produced in the less than perfect 2014 vintage. The next release of this wine will be the 2015 vintage.
2013 Vintage Notes: "A late start to the growing season led to a late harvest of mostly elegant, balanced Brunellos with vibrant structures." - Wine Spectator 10/31/2018
Aging Notes: This wine matures for 42 months in Allier oak barrels of 16 hectoliters in size. The wine is further aged for 12 months in bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: What can we say other than this wine is crazy good. It is perfectly polished, perfectly balanced, perfectly smooth, and perfectly velvety. This is Mastrojanni's prized wine for a reason, and the 2013 vintage is absolutely incredible. Don't wait on this!
Terroir Notes: It rains very little during the summer in central Italy. Montalcino might get two consecutive months without any rain. Therefore, the vines have to dig deep into the soil for water. Continuous sea breezes known as the Maestrale and the Libeccio keep the vines dry and the insects and plant diseases under control. In addition, Mastrojanni is located near Mount Amiata, a volcano which became extinct 700,000 years ago and which is 1,738 meters high. This mountain determines the Mastrojanni microclimate because at night cold winds come down from the mountain causing a large diurnal temperature change that refreshes the vines from the summer heat. When a storm is close by, curiously, this mountain often diverts it thanks to its rising currents. Mastrojanni is therefore better protected from hailstorms, for example than other areas of Montalcino.
98pts (2015 Vintage) Wine Advocate 1/31/2020
"Here's a wine that embodies the spirit of the vintage. It comes from a small one-hectare vineyard site located on the crest of a hill, or the so-called "donkey's spine" maybe because it looks like a schiena d'asino or maybe because the labor-intensive farming broke its proverbial back. The Mastrojanni 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena d'Asino shows a sweet spot with ripe red cherry and plump blackberry or plum. It segues slowly to spice, tar and licorice. This wine is a bit more streamlined and linear compared to the Vigna Loreto, and the Vigna Schiena d'Asino is also longer, deeper and more nuanced in comparison. It finishes with a beautiful blast of bight cherry. This wine is truly beautiful."