Le Potazzine Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino

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Le Potazzine Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino
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Proprietor Giuseppe Gorelli takes an artisan’s approach to winemaking, producing wines of flawless quality with distinctive character and personality on a very small scale. The family originally established their reputation for great Brunello di Montalcino at the "Due Portine" property, which belongs to his father Giancarlo; 1998 Brunello was Giuseppe’s last bottling from that property. Now that the estate of Giancarlo has merged with that of son Giuseppe, all releases come from the family’s "Le Potazzine" vineyards, located in two areas of Montalcino, one closer to the town, and one in its southernmost slopes. "Potazzine" is the Italian name for a small, colorful, lively bird found in the Tuscan countryside, also used as a nickname for small children and specifically for Giuseppe Gorelli's two daughters. The first Le Potazzine release was the 1998 Rosso di Montalcino, which was immediately awarded two glasses by the Gambero Rosso; it received two glasses for the 2000 as well whereas the first released Brunello, from the 1997 vintage, was awarded 97 points by Wine Spectator. The most recently released Brunello 2001 received a strong 93 points from the Wine Spectator, confirmation of this estate's consistently high quality. Disease and insect control treatments are carried out only when strictly necessary. Copper and sulfur-based products and low environmental impact products are used only on an as-needed basis. As the are located at a relatively high altitude, less disease and pest treatment is necessary. Organic fertilizing is carried out every 2-3 years. “Along with…Giancarlo Pacenti, this is the best of the younger producers of Montalcino, and an estate that has not missed a step since 1988.” –Stephen Tanzer, IWC Giussppe Gorelli owns two vineyard sites from which he blends his traditionally styled Brunellos. Le Prata is a south-east facing slope at 500 meters and La Torre is a south-west facing slope at about 320 meters. His long, spontaneous fermen

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