Uggiano Brunello di Montalcino
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Winemaker Giuseppe Losapio founded Azienda Uggiano in the early 1970s, and steadily developed the estate at San Vincenzo a Torri. It is now one of the leading producers in the Chianti Colli Fiorentini zone, producing classic and classy Tuscan reds from the region's principal grape varieties. A core of quality runs through an unfussy, practical and exceptionally well-priced range, from bright entry level Chianti to some impressive Riserva wines.
After crushing, the Sangiovese grapes undergo temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks using selected yeasts with gentle extraction of colour and tannin. After 18-22 days the wine is racked to large Slavonian oak casks, where it matures for the next 36 months. Warm and ripe on the nose with black fruits, savoury, meaty characters, mocha and spice. The palate has ripe black plum and sweet spice characters with notes of toasty oak. The firm structure is balanced by the richness and intensity of the fruit, and vibrant acidity gives a sustained and balanced finish. Grilled meats (great with wild boar or pheasant if you have any handy!) or with Tuscan Pecorino cheese.
Truly excellent 'entry level' Brunello; muscular and richly-flavoured as Brunello should be.
The palate has ripe black plum and sweet spice characters with notes of toasty oak. The intensity of the fruit and vibrant acidity gives a sustained and balanced finish.