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2014 Uccelliera, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany

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“Surprise. Surprise... 2014 Brunello”

Surprise. Surprise.

By David Gettenberg
Surprise, Surprise.
This was supposed to be a washout vintage. Pundits forecasted that the rainy 2014 growing season, plagued by cold weather and unusually wet conditions, was going to produce a slew of weak wines. "Stay away" was the forecast and mantra.
Fast forward to today: The vintage produced only a handful of winners with slim pickens. In fact, many producers declassified their Brunellos to Rossos. The standouts, however, are impeccable and a "sheer drinking pleasure." Wine Enthusiast
The Lucky Few
For a lucky few, the weather was a blessing in disguise as the 2014 Uccelliera Brunello is the most elegant Brunello we've ever tasted!
In fact, I would argue, this particular vintage (and this particular wine) is a preferred style. Best of all? You get to enjoy it now!
We don't often agree with the tasting notes of many critics, but in this instance, The Wine Advocate nailed it. If I could characterize the wine any better than the below I would.
"The Uccelliera 2014 Brunello di Montalcino exhibits the elegant and delicate side of this mighty Tuscan appellation... However, there is a good argument to make that this softer approach is especially well-suited to a wine like Brunello that is never shy in terms of power. The vintage conditions in 2014 hold the wine back just a tad, and that restraint is welcome. From one of my absolute favorite Brunello producers, this wine is elegant and fine with bright fruit tones followed by sour cherry, licorice and dried rose bud." The Wine Advocate
I will simply add that I will be getting a few cases of this wine for myself to enjoy over the next five years while some of the bigger Brunello vintages mature in bottle.
I also want to clarify - I'm not saying this is the best of a challenging vintage. I'm saying this is one of the best Brunellos I've ever tasted!!!!
David Gettenberg
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More Information
  • Producer: Uccelliera
  • Country: Italy
  • Region: Tuscany
  • Subregion: Brunello di Montalcino
  • Varietal: Sangiovese
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Size: 750ml
  • Code: V001984-1-1