Mastrojanni 2015 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Schiena d'Asino, DOCG

Mastrojanni 2015 Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna Schiena d'Asino, DOCG

Item Number: 14596

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub Region: Montalcino
Appellation/AVA: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Vigna Schiena d'Asino
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Sangiovese
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork

Tasting Notes: The Vigna Schiena d'Asino is Mastrojanni's prized vineyard. This wine is only produced in the absolute best vintages; 2015 produced an excellent Vigna Schiena d'Asino full of personality. The wine is polished and savory guided by compact and ripe tannins that bring depth and elegance. This is a Brunello that will age well and can be drunk with or without food.

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.

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.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 98 (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.