Maurizio Lambardi is a reserved man who humbly focuses on producing classic Brunello from the NE quadrant of Montalcino. With meticulous care he farms 6 hectares of Sangiovese on the 22 hectare property, known as Canalicchio di Sotto, that his father Silvano purchased in 1965. Although quiet, Maurizio is quick to point out that the land registry for his estate indicates the dedication to grape production as early as 1835 and that much of the fruit was historically sold to Biondi-Santi and used in their legendary riservas. Without a doubt a recognizable plot of land that has been cherished for almost two centuries.
Remarkably only 25% of the Sangiovese is used for production as anything that doesn’t fit the quality standards gets sold off to other producers. That said Brunello production only reaches about 850 cases each year and he never opts to make a riserva as all the best fruit is used for the house Brunello. The vines rest in a tuffaceous clay and stone soil, have a NE exposure and average 350 MASL; all of which contribute to a perfumy, refined style with deep concentration. Traditionally aged in Slavonia oak, this Brunello is typically fresh and lively upon release, but also benefits from extensive bottle time where it can reveal serious layers of complexity.
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