At the Marroneto with Alessandro Mori, the king of Brunello

Passion and personality, personality and passion: if one had to define the King of Brunello and his wines with two words, these are undoubtedly the two expressions that remain indelible after breathing the air of the Marroneto and widening one's gaze from the high slopes of the Montalcino hill to the edge of the horizon and then immersing oneself in his tale and his sangiovese wines, strictly tapped from oak barrels.

.Alessandro describes to us the splendid view from the Marroneto: the hills that make up "the lying 8" of Chianti and Chianti Classico right in front of us with Siena in the middle in the background the Apennines, on the left San Gimignano with Vernaccia, and on the right Montepulciano with Nobile: we sweep across all the DOCGs of the province of Siena.

The Marroneto has belonged to the Moors since 1974, when Alessandro's father bought it to plant the first vineyard, and Alessandro tells us how he and his brother played a lot in the two rooms of the Marroneto-named after the old marron drying room, a historic building dating back to 1246 that was later converted into a barn-as they became passionate about the craft of making wine.

Especially Alessandro who, after becoming a lawyer and working for a banking institution for a few years, decided to leave his desk to be a winemaker, falling in love so much that he made it his life. After making his own the teachings of two great oenologists, for years now Alessandro has been personally making his Brunello with love and passion: only pure Sangiovese without intervening much on the vines, succeeding in translating into aromas and flavors the culture of knowing how to make wine proper to Montalcino, the expression of an extraordinary tradition and land. A wine that becomes an adult by vinifying according to traditional Ilcinese systems resting 4 years in large oak barrels.

A wine as fascinating as its producer, elegant and rich in aromas: a great thrill for me to taste directly from the barrels the 2016 and 2017 Brunello and the Madonna delle Grazie selection, which become Brunello after 5 years (considering also 10 months of aging in the bottle) and to be able to grasp the differences in the evolution of the aromas of the sangiovese through the years and which remains fresh, fragrant and fruity after its stay in wood.

A mention for Madonna delle Grazie, which is made from a special selection of grapes harvested in the historic Marroneto vineyard, right near the medieval church of Madonna delle Grazie (1200) from which it takes its name, a great wine that is complex but very enjoyable.

Thank you Alessandro for taking the time to share your story and your passion-filled Brunellos with us, for guiding us through your philosophy, and for proving that with hard work and labor, love and determination you can really get far!

Now I am ready for Benvenuto Brunello where I look forward to tasting your 2015 Marroneto!

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