Stella di Campalto 2015 Rosso di Montalcino

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If I had to nominate just one producer as being the most exciting in Montalcino, it would unequivocally be Stella di Campalto.

Stella is a relative newcomer, having established this estate in Castelnuovo dell' Abate in 1992. In a short space of time she has elevated her wines to the very pinnacle of quality in this region. In my opinion she makes wines to vie with those of Gianfranco Soldera, whose wines Stella's also closely resemble in style as well as quality. I can't think that there is another producer who is making wines with such depth, beauty and richness. For the moment we have just one wine, her 2015 Rosso, which you could be forgiven for overlooking as being just another Rosso, but this is quite an extraordinary wine. Rich, complex, mineral, with an almost Grand Cru Burgundy presence about it. Musigny comes to mind.

Since 2002 she has converted all her vineyards to biodynamics, and is also certified organic.

Italy | Tuscany | Montalcino | Stella di Campalto | 100% Sangiovese | ABV 14.5% | Certified Organic & Biodynamic | Drink 2021 - 2031+ | 75cl

The Wine Region


Tuscany is the region of Italy that most fine wine drinkers gravitate towards.

It occupies much of Central Italy with a Tyrrhenian coast to the west and the Apennines to the east, it has both Mediterranean and continental climates.

The story of Tuscany begins with its major black variety, Sangiovese, one of the most planted varieties in Italy, but here is its ancestral and spiritual home. Sangiovese makes up the majority of the blend of Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and various other DOC/Gs and 100% of Brunello & Rosso di Montalcino.

Chianti Classico is the region between Florence and Siena and has been systematically polluted with foreign varieties such as Cabernet, Syrah and, God forbid, Merlot.

Now, we are seeing a return to more traditional blends as producers are gradually moving away from the Super Tuscan movement of the 1980s & 1990s.

In Montalcino, where only Sangiovese is permitted, producers have also shunned the illicit use of foreign varieties and the wines have never been better because of it. Helped out by a good run of vintages, as well.

Elsewhere, there are still gems to be discovered. San Gimignano is home to the only major DOCG for white wines, yet its planting of its traditional variety, Vernaccia di San Gimignano are on the wane, but not at Castello di Montaùto who still champion this variety.

The Tuscan Coast is still the hotbed for innovation, unlike other bits of Tuscany it is the international varieties that thrive and make the best wines, with the occasional exception

The Sub-Region 

Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino vies with Barolo and Barbaresco as Italy’s greatest wine producing zone. Montalcino is a viticultural zone which surrounds the mediaeval hilltop town of Montalcino itself. There are a few styles of wine produced here, but it is for the Brunello that fine wine drinkers all over the world beat a path to. Rosso di Montalcino is its sibling which is also made from 100% Sangiovese (locally known as Brunello), but released a little earlier than the mandatory 5 years following harvest date for Brunello itself.

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