Tuscany, Italy

Podere Santa Maria

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Santa Maria 2017



Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Santa Maria 2017
Tuscany, Italy

Marino’s vineyards are amongst the highest in Montalcino, planted over a combination of sand, limestone and volcanic rock. The fruit for Marino’s Brunello is from a very strict selection made in the vineyard. This wine spends three weeks on skins, then four years resting in old botti before release and it is during this time, Marino believes, that the wine turns from a Sangiovese into a true Brunello. This vintage provided near-perfect growing conditions and in the hands of a master, the wine displays a tightrope balance, with every little detail in place.



Marino Colleoni’s winemaking journey began when he and wife Luisa discovered a patch of old vines buried under shrubs on Montalcino’s northern reaches while taking an evening walk. 

They spent the next few years clearing away at the undergrowth and to their surprise a rather detailed vineyard lay beneath. After replanting some of the damaged vines, they harvested for the first time in 2000. 

At 470-500 metres above sea level their vineyards are some of the highest in Montalcino and unusually, face almost entirely north. They are surrounded by forest, well ventilated and planted over a complex mix of sand, limestone and volcanic rock. A visionary in the area, Marino really values biodiversity and is seeking to reduce the use of any compounds in the vineyard entirely, instead relying on natural predators of any bugs or disease. 

These unique characteristics yield wines from Montalcino which are uncommonly detailed, mineral and fine and in the cantina Marino exercises a considered restraint, letting the wines truly sing.

In recent years, he has also rented a number of organic vineyards from further afield, where he makes the kind of easygoing wines he and Luisa like to drink on their terrace everyday.