At Stannary we love working with historic estates – estates passed down through multiple generations of the same family, whose cellars might contain dust-caked bottles made by the great-great grandfather of the current incumbent. But it’s also our job to be on the lookout for new producers on a steep upward trajectory. Enter Agricola Brandini, one of the most compelling estates to have emerged from Barolo in recent years.
Established in the commune of La Morra in 2007 by Piero Bagnasco, Brandini is today managed by his daughters Giovanna and Serena. Giovanna is the partner of our great friend Carlo Mondavi (grandson of Robert and proprietor of RAEN Winery in Sonoma). Together Giovanna and Carlo produce Sorì della Sorba, an exquisite single-vineyard Langhe Nebbiolo of which we will offer the 2020 next week.
Given the quality of Sorì della Sorba, we had high expectations when, last month, we finally tasted the range of 2016 Baroli from Brandini, yet the wines exceeded those expectations – they are simply stunning. Since taking the helm, Giovanna and Serena have been fine-tuning the estate, not least by converting its 18 hectares of vineyards to organic farming and experimenting with whole-bunch fermentation to achieve extra freshness and elegance.
The Brandini estate in its current guise may be a mere teenager, but the majority of its vines are over thirty years old. Brandini takes its name from the Cru in which the winery is located, and the grapes grown here are bottled under the name R56 (you’ll find Giovanna’s explanation for this name alongside the tasting note). The estate also has holdings in Annunziata, which adjoins the world renowned Rocche dell’Annunziata.
We are today delighted to offer both of these single Cru wines alongside the multi-site Barolo del Comune di La Morra, a representation of the commune as a whole. All three wines hail from the outstanding 2016 vintage. There is a clear, terroir-driven distinction between the trio, but they are united by a house style that favours approachable, intensely aromatic Barolo wines with supple tannins and refreshing, well-integrated acidity. They will deliver a huge amount of pleasure at every stage of their development.
Agricola Brandini is an immensely exciting addition to the Stannary portfolio, and we are proud to have been appointed exclusive importers of the estate’s wines in the UK. The wines offered today are due to ship in early 2022.
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