94+ point Brunello from Voliero

Author: dynamicwines   Date Posted:16 September 2013 

Two brilliant Tuscan wines

'Voliero is made from one of the most prestigious vineyards on the northern side of Montalcino. As such, it provides a fascinating contrast to Cortonesi’s wines from Uccelliera, which of course come from the southern part of the zone.' The Wine Advocate

'Andrea Cortonesi’s biggest competition these days is oddly enough from himself!’ 
Antonio Galloni


Andrea Cortonesi of Uccelliera is the mastermind behind the Voliero project. A combination of miniscule production and incredible global demand leads to annual shortages of his Rosso and Brunello. In fact, over the last few years he has not even been able to stock his own trattoria, located steps away from the Piazza del Campo in Siena. Andrea sources the fruit from a trusted friend growing beautiful Sangiovese in northern Montalcino.

While the compact soils and cooler climate near Montosoli gives a more austere expression than that of Castelnuovo dell’Abate (the warm climate location of Uccelliera), Voliero has all the pedigree and depth of the beloved Ucc’ estate. The tannins on Voliero are as soft and approachable as its southern counterpart with bursts of mouth-watering acidity on its long finish.

2015 Rosso di Montalcino - $40.49 by the dozen
Their Rosso is 100% Sangiovese from 15-25 year old vines grown in clay soils.  Cold maceration with the skins at 10-12 degrees Celsius (the number of days depends on the characteristics of the grapes). Fermentation in steel with temperature control for 18/20 days.
‘The wine matures in large Slavonian and French oak casks (20/50 hectolitres) for 10 months. Fresh bright and brilliant-this is a really lovely rosso that offers amazing value and an insight to what we can expect of the smashing 2015 vintage.’

90+ points - Our note

2012 Brunello di Montalcino - $99.99 by the 6pack
'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.'
94+ Points - Monica Larner, eRobertParker.com (Mar 2017)

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