Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino
Cerbaiona Brunello 2016 $252
We are quite picky about our Brunello here at EOX. We want ours to have power but also a brightness and freshness that some lack. Cerbaiona is legendary and brimming with brightness, freshness, and power! This Brunello is legendary for a reason, and we are honored to have a couple of bottles in the cellar. If you are not familiar with the story, keep reading to nerd out…
Diego Molinari, Cerbaiona’s founder, retired from a career as an Alitalia commercial pilot at the age of 46. He and his wife, Nora, began looking at vineyards in 1977 with the dream of pursuing a new phase of life as winemakers, eventually becoming enamored with the Cerbaiona estate and its ancient farmhouse, Renaissance era garden, and private chapel. Cerbaiona is situated in the middle region of the Montalcino appellation, representing the balance between southern Montalcino’s ripe fruit characteristics and the north’s fresher, more-structured reds. Adamant about maintaining the winemaking traditions of Brunello di Montalcino, Diego consulted with the region’s top estates—particularly Biondi-Santi—but also with the small growers that surrounded his new estate. Today ownership has passed on but remains true to the values instilled by Molinari.