La Fiorita Fiore di NO Brunello di Montalcino

La Fiorita 2015 Fiore di NO Brunello di Montalcino

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • NO is Natalie Olivero’s thumbprint on La Fiorita, selecting and extracting the essence of 2 of her estate vineyards; Pian Bassolino (360m elevation) and Poggio al Sole (180m).
  • The diversity of this land , along with an exceptional 2015 vintage has brought a different level of maturity and expression within the core of these 2 parcels.
  • Natalie Oliveros has extracted the purest authenticity from these unique plots by crafting and blending together these singularities to make NO.
  • Organic farming practices are employed, with slightly different soil types in each vineyard; Poggio al Sole (Tufo-Clay) and Pian Bossolino (Galestro).

Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese

Elaboration: Maceration (with pump over and delestage) and fermentation lasts for approximately 18 days at a controlled temperature of 25 °C in Slavonian Oak casks. Selected yeasts are used. The wine ages for 24 months in French oak Botte (26hl).

Tasting Notes: Lifted, spicy nose shows pepperoncino freshness, after it opens up, it leads to peonies floral intensity with black and huckleberry. The palate has soft elegant, peppery structure with nice savouriness of cherry and raspberry fruit. Well crafted, balanced with the right acidity potential for aging.

PRESS

2015 – 94 Wine Spectator | 95 Vinous | 95 James Suckling | 95 Wine Advocate

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

From its foundation in the early nineties to today, the La Fiorita estate has always sought to perfect the taste, longevity and aromatic complexity of its Brunello offerings, which emanate from the magical union of the Sangiovese grape with the unique terroires that surround Montalcino. Traditional and modern techniques combine to enhance quality from soil to bottle without compromise or shortcuts with virtually all interventions done by hand.

La Fiorita was established in 1992 starting from a project that Roberto Cipresso, winemaker on the rising at the time, shared with two homeland friends; the first vineyard had an extension of half hectare and the annual production was of just 1,000 bottles of Brunello; the first vintage was the 1993 and it was entirely purchased en-primeur by Enoteca Pinchiorri of Firenze. The cellar was in the basement of an old building of the 18th century in the heart of the medieval town of Castelnuovo Abate. The first vineyard was followed by the implantation of the Poggio al Sole vineyard and then of the Pian Bossolino vineyard, that increased the annual production to 25,000 bottles, divided by normal Brunello and Riserva.

Since 2011, with the acquisition of the estate by Natalie Oliveros, La Fiorita has embarked on numerous projects of long-term importance. Three are of particular note. The first was the 2014 planting of the third Brunello certified, fully organic, vineyard to the south-west area of Montalcino. The second are the steps taken to date to secure organic certification for the other two vineyards and the third is the design and layout of a state-of-the-art winemaking and cellaring facility.

Print Review Shelf Talker (2015 – 95 Vinous)
Print Review Shelf Talker (2015 – 95 Wine Advocate)