2016 Podere le Ripi Brunello di Montalcino Cielo d'Ulisse

51.95 42.93
Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
Winery Podere le Ripi
Year 2016
Grape Sangiovese
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2040
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Love and respect for nature and its vineyards characterize owner Francesco Illy. As a member of the famous Illy family, which is known for its high quality coffee and espresso, it is only natural for Francesco to strive for excellence. You can taste this in the beautiful biodynamic wines he produces on his 54 hectare estate in Tuscany.

That this approach has not gone unnoticed is apparent from the high scores that are achieved.

The unique wines of Podere Le Ripi have been achieved by proving particularly successful against the expectations of experts. Planting the vines much closer together than usual forces the roots to go deep into the ground, absorbing the various minerals from the various geological layers. Together with the great value that Podere Le Ripi attaches to a natural soil with flowers and other organisms without the addition of chemicals, a special terroir with recognizable aromas and structure is created. The wines of Podere Le Ripi rest for 36 months or longer in oak barrels. They are then aged for 1 to 3 years in the cellar in the bottle before being sold. The wines stand out for their special finesse, fruit, harmony and sufficient power.

Francesco Illy makes the wines together with Sebastian Nasello, oenologist who has been working at Podere Le Ripi since 2012. In February 2016 Sebastian Nasello won the Giulio Gambelli 2016 prize.

The Podere le Ripi Brunello di Montalcino Cielo d'Ulisse is, as with all their wines, very distinctive. This beautiful brunello has beautiful aromatic notes of red cherry, raspberry, licorice, cola and grilled herbs. Each of those features is suddenly made bright and alive, like a magic wand. A new vineyard plot has recently been acquired on the eastern side of the Brunello appellation and the fruit for this wine comes from this new biodynamic vineyard. The wine was allowed to mature for 36 months in oak and then another 12 months in the bottle. 94+/100 Parker & 94/100 Suckling

Vineyard for 2016 Podere le Ripi Brunello di Montalcino Cielo d'Ulisse

Podere le Ripi is a biodynamic winery in Montalcino with 133 hectares of forest, vineyards, and olive trees inhabited by a shepherd and his sheep until 1998. Uncontaminated soil with great plant diversity, surrounded by breathtaking views and clean air.

Currently, there are 75 hectares of biodynamic vineyards, rooted in woodland, olive groves, a vegetable garden, and fruit trees, all spread over two opposite Montalcino mountain slopes, with soils belonging to different geological eras. This is where Podere Le Ripi started the adventure in 1998, on the east side of Montalcino: Castelnuovo dell'Abate. In 2016 they expanded the vineyards on the west side, from the oasis-like environment of il Galampio.

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Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
Winery Podere le Ripi
Grape Sangiovese
Biological Yes
Vegan No
Year 2016
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2040
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 95
James Suckling rating 94
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Rustic, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden
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