Brunello of the highest class. The history of Lisini dates back to the Medicis; this is one of Montalcino’s oldest estates and a founding member of the Consorzio del vino Brunello di Montalcino. Lisini is one of the most traditional and respected producers in the region.
One of the few producers in Sant’Angelo in Colle, in the southwest of Montalcino. Woodland and wild scrubs surround the 20 hectares under vine here; it’s a rural haven of the region’s finest terroir. Altitude and soil play a leading role in the personality of Lisini’s wines. Eocene sand, clay and iron-rich soils, paired with altitudes of 300 to 400 metres, yield wines of rare expression. Winemaker Filippo Paoletti does not fall prey to modern trends or intervention in the cantina; he chooses to showcase the naked perfection of his vineyards. Opting to use traditional long fermentations and botti grande, he produces classic.
The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia is a stunning translucent ruby color in the glass with a classic bouquet to match. Here I’m finding fresh roses, ripe strawberry and crushed stone as well as shavings of cedar and hints of leather. This is incredibly pretty and feminine from start to finish, boasting textures like pure silk and a display of soothing red and hints of blue fruit. Inner violet tones linger long over a subtle layer of round tannins, yet the 2015 Ugolaia is already so pleasing that there’s no need to wait. 92pts Eric Guido, Vinous