Today, we are delighted to offer another 2012 Brunello release at one of the lowest prices we have seen in this campaign; La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino. Tiny quantities are produced and there is little on the market, but it offers perhaps the best value in all of Brunello 2012. La Rasina was one of James Suckling’s top-rated Brunellos from the vintage – he awarded the wine 96 points, describing it as “wonderfully precise” and considers it to be their finest ever Brunello di Montalcino.
According to Suckling, 2012 was a “Rockstar vintage”, awarded the highly sought-after 5-star rating from the Consorzio del Vino di Brunello di Montalcino. This superb accolade brings it alongside the iconic 2010. In fact, La Rasina’s 2012 is rated higher than their 2010 which received 94 points. With such an incredible pedigree and at just £23 per bottle, this La Rasina Brunello 2012 is simply unmissable. It is also worth noting that the 2012 even outscores La Rasina’s 2010 Riserva (95 points) which trades today around twice the price! Moreover, our release price today of £140 in bond per case of six bottles makes the 2012 by far the best value Rasina Brunello available.
Even when compared to some other similar scoring Brunellos of the vintage, La Rasina shows incredible value.
|Canlicchio di Sopra||95||£205||27|
|Siro Pacenti Vecchie Vigne||95||£285||38|
|Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova||96||£325||40|
Given its relatively unknown status, La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino could easily be described as a boutique wine. Less than 5,000 cases are produced from only 11 hectares of vines each year and older vintages are almost non-existent, particularly in the UK. We would heartily recommend this vintage and with a price-over-points score as low as 17.5 it is too good to miss!
History of the Estate
The Estate is among the few Brunello producers that are still entirely family-owned, run today by Marco Mantengoli, the third generation at La Rasina. Originally only a few vines were planted for family consumption. However, they were so impressed by the terroir that by the end of the ’80s they had turned all their energy to producing this wonderfully elegant Brunello di Montalcino. Marco has run the Estate since 1997 having grown up working the land with his father and has gained recognition for his technical advances in the winery. Conscious of staying true to the legendary Montalcino style, Marco intervenes as little as possible, planting fava beans between the vines as a kind of natural fertilisation and fermenting exclusively with natural yeasts.
La Rasina is produced from vines overlooking the UNESCO world heritage site, the Val’d’Orcia, 350 metres above sea level. This Brunello is made exclusively from vines over 20 years old, trained low to the ground over Montalcino’s famed terroir. A shorter fermentation and more gentle ageing process than usual produces a wonderfully elegant, precise wine. The current winemaker has also introduced a new technique known as ‘autolysing’, encouraging the lees to be fully absorbed into the wine, which gifts it a rich, creamy texture.
The Estate has titled this Rasina Brunello di Montalcino a “meditation wine”, one to savour. We could not agree more. At just £140 per 6×75 and 96 points, this is a wine to stock up on and enjoy for many years to come.
La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino 2012, 6×75, £140 IB - 96 Pts, James Suckling
A wonderfully precise and clear red with cherry, plum and floral character. Hints of lemons. Full body and firm and velvety tannins. Long and tannic. Yet this still shows polish. Better in 2020.
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