In several weeks, we will be releasing the Brunello di Montalcino RISERVA 2006 from Luigi Anania’s estate “La Torre”. Luigi produces a small amount of Riserva from time-to-time depending on the quality of a particular vintage. Even then, he severely restricts the amount of Riserva that he makes so that he does not affect in any way his regular bottling of Brunello.
Having recently dined (late March 2012) with Luigi and some friends in Rome on which occasion we had the pleasure of actually drinking (not simply tasting) a bottle of the ’06 Riserva, we can say with great enthusiasm that Luigi made a wise choice in bottling this small amount of Brunello Roserva from the superb vintage of 2006. He produced a wine of elegance, as always, but with a persistance of exceptional length built on the most silky but determined tannins we have witnessed in many a moon. We are blissfully happy with the result.
La Torre’s Riserva is simply a selection based upon Luigi’s continual tasting amongst the various lots of Brunello to determine whether, and to what extent, there is something therein that will stand on its own as capable of making a statement distinct and more complex than the overall Brunello blend. So, there is not a systematic isolation of a particular vineyard site nor must the vines be of a particular age. The lot, when selected, is then aged in large barrel for six months or more beyond the normal aging of the Brunello from the same vintage and is then bottled, as is always the case at this estate, unfined and unfiltered.