Val di Suga

Tuscany, Italy

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago — 2018

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Grape Source: 100% Sangiovese Grosso only from the "Vigna del Lago" vineyard
    • Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
    • Size: 18 ha (44 acres)
    • Soil: Galestro soils (marl)
    • Elevation: 70 meters (886 feet) above sea level
    • Orientation: North - East to South - West
    • Training: Spurred cordon
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation is traditional, like it used to be done in Montalcino (with temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) for several days, towards the end). 100% Malolactic fermentation.

    • Aging: 24 months in 30 hectoliter Slavonian oak casks, 18 months in concrete tanks, followed by 6 months in bottle
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese
  • Tasting Notes

    • Reintroduced by Val di Suga after taking a “break” a few years, Vigna del Lago interprets the traditional inspiration of Brunello di Montalcino wines of the past in a new way, fashioning it with essential winemaking and long aging in large barrels. Already distinctive due to its generally paler color, it stands out
      for its delicately classic bouquet of floral nuances, spicy overtones of white pepper, fruity notes of fresh cherries and hints of citrus (especially bitter orange, one of the most recurrent descriptors in Sangiovese from the northern sector of Montalcino). But above all, it is the elegant taste texture that recalls its territorial origin: an appealing impact, moderate alcohol level, supple palate, light and fine-grained tannins, to enhance the harmonious salty and mineral overtones.



  • Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago — 2018 – Wine Enthusiast – 95 Points

    “The nose blends the adventurous aromas of leather, stone and coffee with lighter notes of vanilla, cherries and bitter orange peel. On the palate, a current of blood orange bolsters the cherry element, while the vanilla sweetness pushes back against a swelling bitter undertone. Taut tannins march into a warm finish.”

  • Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago — 2018 – Jeb Dunnuck – 96+ Points

    “Noted by ripe cherry, tomato leaf, anise, toasted cedar, and saddle leather, it is medium-bodied but with a bit of amplified core, and reveals notes of ripe raspberry, blood orange, and dried roses on the palate. It is another expressive and elegant wine with fine tannins, refreshing acidity, and a long finish.”

  • Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago — 2018 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points

    “Lithe and succulent, offering cherry, plum, sage and leather flavors. Light-bodied and vibrant, with refined tannins lining the finish. Shows excellent balance and length.”

  • Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago — 2018 – Wine & Spirits – 91 Points

    “Offers an appealing core of fresh red-cherry fruit laced with notes of menthol and anise.”