2014 was a tough vintage for Tuscany. One of the coolest and wettest years in the last decade, constant hailstorms throughout the summer ravaged vineyards severely affected grape ripening. Wineries were forced to cut production due to low yielding crops, some by upwards up 40%. Some producers even skipped the production of Brunello altogether, declassifying their grapes for Rosso production instead.
They say any winemaker can make good wine in a great vintage, but it's the great winemakers that make good wine even in challenging vintages. Enter Riccardo Cotarella and his 2014 La Poderina Brunello.
Nicknamed Il Mago (The Wizard) Cotarella is a renowned oenologist who's skills are in such incredible demand that he has been a consulting winemaker for over 50 different wineries including La Poderina. A man with such skill that even in this difficult vintage crafted a beauty with this 91 point Brunello! Due to the vintage's poor reputation and distributors making room for the upcoming '15 and '16 releases, we scooped this one up at a steal of a price and are excited to offer it to you today for an incredible 40% off!
La Poderina opens with a concentrated nose of black cherry and wild berry that lead into a rich, but soft palate of plum, red fruit, and herbal notes with a touch of oak along the dry finish. What separates 2014 Brunello from previous vintages is the top releases are elegant, vibrant, and balanced wines that are pop and pour, ready to drink now. La Poderina is a prime example. A pleasure to drink in its youth, pop a bottle with dinner this weekend. You may not be drinking '14s ten years from now, but who cares. There are plenty of other vintages that will survive the long haul. This baby is for drinking today!
"The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino is a wine that stays in its lane. It offers pretty intensity but it never goes overboard. In the mouth, it shows silky, long texture but it never feels overdone or too powerful. I could say the same thing of many Brunellos from this cool and rainy vintage that produced understated wines. Bold cherry and cassis segue to spice, leather and lightly toasted rosemary sprig. There are pretty floral notes on the close with rose and lavender bud." - Wine Advocate, 91 points