aromas of earthy minerals, with notes of ripe red berry fruit, tar, liquorice and cigar-box
The Fattoi Brunello estate has been in the family for generations but, until the father of the current owner took it over in the 1960s, Fattoi had always been run as a traditional Tuscan estate that produced olives, grain and had extensive woodland for hunting game, as well as vineyards producing grapes sold off to the local co-operative winery.
To this day only 9 hectares of the Fattoi estate (out of a total expanse of 70) are given over to vineyards, making Fattoi a tiny boutique proposition compared to its larger and more prominent neighbours. Fortunately for us, however, and despite the exquisite quality of Brunello wines now produced by the estate, Fattoi's prices remain incredibly reasonable.
The 2011 Fattoi Brunello di Montalcino shows mesmerising aromas of earthy minerals, with notes of ripe red berry fruit, tar, liquorice and cigar-box.
The flavours are ripe and supple, with silky tannins currently showing firm youthful grip. Give it 2-3 years and this will match wonderfully with rich meaty dishes, while extended ageing will allow the wine to take on further layers of earthy complexity.
Drink: 2018 - 2026