A powerful expression of Merlot from the heavy clay and arid vineyard, Lamaione. Produced since 1991 on the estate of Castelgiocondo in Montalcino.
Lamaione 2011 is a deep, bright red. The nose is distinguished by clean aromas of blueberries and ripe blackberries without excessive softness. Dark chocolate, licorice and hints of coffee follow balsamic scents and spices such as thyme and fresh peppermint. The finish adds aromas of tobacco, toasted almonds and walnuts together with hints of flint and tar. The entry on the palate reveals a tightly-woven texture, remarkable tannins and taste-olfactory correspondence. The persistence of Lamaione is very long, and the finish recalls its considerable expressive power.
The Castelgiocondo estate, south-west of Montalcino, is situated in a perfect territory for the great wines produced here: the vineyards are located at a height between 300 and 400 metres, the well-drained territories face the sunny and favourable south-west side.