Padelletti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2016
A Riserva is not produced every vintage at Padelletti, instead they wait till the right vintage conditions yield all the right elements. The maceration for the Brunello Riserva is the longest in the cellar, usually a full 30 days. The Riserva is also aged longer than the Brunello — three years in large format French and Slavonian oak barrels. It is left in bottle for a full twelve months before being released.
In today’s crazy world of Brunello mania, a lot of folks don’t realize that the serene Padelletti winery on the north side of Montalcino village is one of the places that it all began.
Not only was Raffaello Padelletti (1837-1900) one of the fathers of modern Brunello as we know it today. But he was also the first to bring international recognition to the appellation and is credited with having produced and bottled what is believed to be the oldest Brunello di Montalcino (not the other legacy winery that is often mentioned as having been the first to produce Brunello).
Montalcino is a small town and even today, its leading families still can trace their roots or have some familial connection, often by marriage, to this storied clan.