Lupi e Sirene Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011 Podere le Ripi
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Previous to this set of new releases, Podere le Ripi focused solely on its Riserva. Now, the estate produces an annata wine and you will find the 2012 vintage reviewed here. Otherwise, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Lupi e Sirene takes us back to basics. This is an elaborate and studiously worked wine that remains faithful to a special philosophy and very unique estate within the classic context of Montalcino. There's an element of folly or impromptu exuberance that you always get with Podere le Ripi. If you've ever met biodynamic vintner Francesco Illy, you might know what I mean. He exudes eccentricity and enthusiasm on every level down to his unruly facial hair. The wine is dark and brooding in appearance with dark berry nuances and determined doses of exotic spice. The mouthfeel is velvety and slightly textured.
Winespectator / James Suckling (90)
The nose here runs from dried-fruit territory into red fruit, which includes raspberries and strawberries. Full-bodied with lots of juicy fruit and a round, quite spicy finish.