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Lamaione - 2011



Toscana IGT


A powerful expression of Merlot from the heavy clay and arid vineyard, Lamaione. Produced since 1991 on the estate of Castelgiocondo in Montalcino.


  • JamesSuckling.Com95 Points
  • Wine Spectator90 Points
  • Vintage Report

    A normal year with a temperate spring and well distributed rains. The summer months saw regular conditions and some rain in July that helped ensure the vines avoided water stress. The second half of August was hot and sunny which allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly.


    Terroir and environmental conditions

    Estate and vineyard location: Castel Giocondo, Montalcino
    ALTITUDE 300 meters (984 feet)
    VINEYARD SIZE 12 Ha in the Lamaione vineyard (29 Acres)
    EXPOSURE South-west
    SOIL TYPE Clayey terrain rich in limestone and mineral elements. PH lightly alkaline.
    PLANTING DENSITY 5.500 viti/Ha
    TRAINING SYSTEM Low spur pruned cordon
    Vineyard average age 1998

    Technical Information

    Variety Merlot
    Alcohol by volume 14,50%
    Length of maceration on the skins 4 weeks
    Malolactic fermentation Immediately after the alcoholic fermentation
    Maturation method 90% new and a 10% single use French oak barrels
    Length of maturation 24 months in barriques followed by a further aging period of 12 months in the bottle
    Bottle formats 0,75 lt., 1,5 lt., 3 lt

    Tasting Notes

    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.

    Serving suggestions

    Slow-cooked dishes such as pot roasts marinated in the same wine, mushroom-enriched stews, or beef fillet. Enjoy it too with medium-aged.


    A unique territory

    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.

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