Live and brilliant garnet coloured wine. Intense and persistent aroma, rich with fruity hints, ripe black cherry and wild berries, that turns to spicy notes, liquorice. The taste is harmonious and elegant, yet it has strength and character, with thick, well-balanced tannins that are never too aggressive.
James Suckling 91 points - A wine with light-cocoa, berry and cherry character, and just a hint of coffee. Full to medium body, fine tannins and a chewy finish. Nicely done from this small producer. Needs another year or two to soften.
Vinous 90 points - Good full, deep. Deep aromas of redcurrant, red cherry, camphor, dried flowers and black pepper. Broad and sweet but with lovely vinosity framing the flavors of redcurrant, sweet spices, camphor and tar. This sneakily concentrated Brunello is already quite suave, with zippy acidity nicely extending the flavors at the back.
-- Ian D’Agata (Jul 2014)
Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino shares the easy approach (and attractive price point) of its little sister, the Rosso di Montalcino. With vineyards in Mercatali in the northeastern part of the appellation (16 hectares at 300 meters above sea level), Ridolfi capitalizes on the natural structure and boldness of the fruit to define the wines. Supple and broad with large tones of black fruit and leather, the wine makes up for what it lacks in overt complexity with a compelling sense of fruit intensity. It’s an immediate Brunello that shows a good sense of integrity even when consumed young. Drink: 2015-2020. (Feb 2014)
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Wine maker notes
A wine with light cocoa, blackberry, and cherry characteristics on the nose, and just a hint of coffee. Rich red cherry, ripe raspberry, and leather coat the palate with a whiff of cinnamon and oak. Full to medium in body, with fine-grained tannins and a lingering finish. Grapes are cultivated from the oldest estate-owned plots, with vines upwards of 45 years in age. The wine is aged for over 2 years in large Slavonian oak botte, followed by nearly 1 year in small French oak barrels, and 12 months in bottle before release. Complements dishes featuring wild boar, venison, or Tuscan sausage and bean stews. Drinkable now, but will age gracefully over the next 15 years.
Structured dishes of red meats, feather and furred game, enjoyable as a wine for meditation.
The Ridolfi wines are the result of a passion and a soul that have brought together stories and generations, successfully carried on nowadays by the Peretti family that has adopted these principals.
The passion for wine, nature’s gift that achieves great value in the hands of man.
A gift that needs to be grown and preserved because only the pureness of its quality can restore the fullness of scents, colours and tastes.
The spirit of determination, of a business that is strict in its choices and its methods, in the many phases of winemaking that are still rigorously manual. Demanding and ambitious in its aims: to express the typicality of this land and to leave a sign of its uniqueness in the chalices of the world.
In a land of ancient civilizations full of art and history, that the landscape characterizes with oaks, chestnut trees, olive trees, pines, vineyards, among hills dotted with cypresses in Florence in 1290, three Ridolfi families stem from an ancient Tuscan lineage. One of these the Ridolfi of Borgo - originated the Sienese branch called ”dalla Contrada” , where it had its own estates.
For centuries, priors, gonfaloniers and illustrious celebrities distinguished themselves under its aegis. Nowadays that very coat of arms shines on the labels of a great winery. Two estates - Ridolfi in Montalcino and Tenuta Rocchetto in Larciano - over 54 hectares of land, 21 of which are cultivated vineyards.
And a persistent research for excellence, heritage of a noble Tuscan taste that has been handed on unaltered through history.