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"This is like an outstanding Brunello." - Those were the words from James Suckling after tasting this brilliant Rosso from one of the top producers in the region! There are very few Rosso offerings that will be able to compete with this so buying by the case is recommended! Brunello buyers will want to pay close attention here! This brilliant Rosso is just about as close to a Brunello as you will come in this price point. The comparisons can be seen in the review posted by James Suckling and after tasting it for yourself - you will see why!! "The Uccelliera estate, located in the warm southern Castelnuovo dell'Abate part of the Montalcino zone, was part of the neighboring Ciacci Piccolomini estate until 1986. Proprietor Andrea Cortonesi recently added two hectares adjacent to Ciacci’s famous "Pianrosso" vineyard; the property now totals six hectares. All work in the vineyard is done by hand. The Rosso is highly limited in production, featuring an unusually powerful nose, and lush, soft fruit, while the Brunello features complex aromas of exotic spice and dark red fruits with an expansive palate and velvety texture. The tiny-production “Rapace” is a 60% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet barrique-aged blend. Uccelliera is a practicing organic winery. Integrated insect and disease control is followed; organic and organic-mineral fertilizers (copper and sulfur-based products) are used in the vineyards. Insecticides and herbiscides are used rarely, if ever. The soil is tilled on the rows between the vines. To preserve the wine, low doses of SO2 are added to the wines. The Uccelliera Rosso is filled with aromas of crunchy dark cherries and black currants, compounded by smoky and tobacco notes. Pure and unctuous in the mouth with loads of fruit and glycerin. Finishes with balance and ripe tannins. " - Importer [+]