What is it and what differentiates it from Brunello di Montalcino? For years I’ve been trying to understand what it is about Riserva that justifies its fame and price. At Le Chiuse, Riserva has been made since the time of my maternal great-great-grandfather Tancredi Biondi-Santi and his quest for a wine that would last over time, almost eternally. My mother Simonetta, after she inherited Le Chiuse, worked with my father Nicolò to combine production of Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino with that of Riserva, starting in 1995. For the Riserva they used the smallest grape bunches from the oldest vineyard to obtain a wine of character that would endure over time. I grew up in that environment. When I began presenting the wines of Le Chiuse around the world, a frequent comment about the Riserva was that it was being tasted too early, before it could express its best. I noticed people striving to give a specific identity to Brunello Riserva to distinguish it from Brunello “annata” instead of just price. That inspired me to seek a way to convey the authentic identity of Brunello Riserva, though what may seem to be an obvious solutions—using grapes from a select vineyard or adapting a special winemaking style—would make no sense at Le Chiuse. That’s because our vines registered for Brunello are all in the same micro-area, constituting a sort of unique vineyard, while our philosophy of winemaking is viscerally linked to tradition, excluding innovations or a more modern approach. The answer turned out to be the simplest and most natural: to give time to a wine that asks for time. That’s why, following experience, we decided to postpone the release of our Riserva from the sixth to the tenth year after the harvest, extending aging in bottle from one to almost five years. To do this, we enlarged the cellar to a depth of seven meters below ground level to create a perfect natural environment for aging. This allows us to present a Riserva of greater balance and complexity without, however, altering our philosophy of wine or the expression of our terrain. The time lapse between the release of Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino is now repeated between Brunello “annata” and Brunello Riserva, giving rise to three distinct voices all in the same chorus. Brunello Riserva Le Chiuse from 2010 is the first vintage designated as Riserva DIECIANNI.
Vintage : In October 2nd to, grapes were hand gathered. Afterwards they were selected and carried to the vinery by 20 kilos capacity baskets.
Wine-Making : Traditional way of wine-making were adopted. Permanence of grapes on the dregs lasted 21 days at the maximum temperature of 29° C. just to obtain the best coloring density , full body and stuff .
Ageing : After several pouring off into steel tanks, in spring wine was put into oak-barrels Containing 20/30 HL there it remained for 48 months, then poured into a big steel tank and afterwards it was put into bottles in the June 2015. Then after aging in the bottle for almost 5 years it’s finally released at the 10th year from the harvest; this is the reason of his name “DIECIANNI”
Color : Very intense, brilliant and deep ruby red with garnet and cherry hues.
Bouquet : The bouquet is wide, intense with scents of ripe cherry, tobacco, leather and licorice. Officinal herbs, spicy and mineral notes increase the complexity of this wine.
Flavor : Clean, full, warm, sapid, harmonic and austere made of very good body, aromatic sensation of jam and spices lasts long in the mouth.
Food Maches: Brunello di Montalcino 2010 riserva is recommended with red meat , roasts every kind of hunting, stew, mature cheeses and all those dishes which have great sapidity.
Service : 18°-19° C. open 12 hours before serving .