The 2013 Brunello Harvest – A Four-Star Vintage

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In these last days of winter, it is fun to think of Tuscan sun. One of our favorite hosts in Tuscany, Lorenzo Magnelli (above), recently shared some photos from the wine harvest at Le Chiuse farm. The farm has gotten much recognition for its Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. In fact, they have been so busy making their award-winning wines, he is only sending us the harvest photos now, with apologies for the delay.

As the temperatures dip below freezing, these sunny photos are actually a well timed gift!

And timely in other ways. Benvenuto Brunello just wrapped up in Montalcino. There the newest Brunello and Brunello Riserva were released. This year that meant the premier of 2009 Brunello and 2008 Brunello Riserva. The 2013 vintage was just awarded 4 stars, but you’ll need to wait until 2018 to drink it as Brunello.

Below Lorenzo and his family and friends, along with some paid helpers, are hand picking the Sangiovese grapes that go into the wines they make. Wine making is a family affair at Le Chiuse, and Lorenzo is taking over the business from his parents, Simonetta Valiani and Niccolo Magnelli. Untours guests to Le Chiuse might fondly remember Lorenzo for his perfect English and enthusiasm for the family wines. They may also remember the warmth of Niccolo and Simonetta. See Simonetta below in the first photo. Her head is in the vines (literally), but we know it is her because we see Trudi, her loyal dachshund friend, at her feet.

The next time you uncork a bottle of wine, even if you are not lucky enough to be opening a Le Chiuse wine, imagine all the sun and labor that went into the bottle, and consider the people who nourished the grapes.

A toast to Tuscany, and cheers to sunny days ahead!




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