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Cortonesi La Mannella Leonus Toscana IGT 2021

Cortonesi La Mannella Leonus Toscana IGT 2021

91 Points - WineAlign. The Cortonesi family has owned the La Mannella farm in Montalcino for decades and are devoted to the production of Brunello di Montalcino. This wine, Lèonus, is a humble but mighty Toscana IGT made from grapes that are in fact grapes cultivated to be Brunello, from vineyards in Montalcino. 6 months oak ageing, this great value Toscana Rosso has an abundance of red fruit, along with dried herbs with a medium body and firm tannins, eminently drinkable.

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Vintage

2021

Country

Italy

Region

Tuscany

Closure

Cork

Alcohol

14%

Feature

90+points

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Vintage

2021

Country

Italy

Region

Tuscany

Closure

Cork

Alcohol

14%

Feature

90+points

Taste

Wine Enthusiast "Macerated cherries, wild strawberry candy and passion fruit jump off the nose of this Tuscan IGT Sangiovese, before the palate turns more savoury, with strawberries dressed in balsamic vinegar, grilled meat and wet gravel, with tannins pliable enough to be enjoyed immediately."

Wine Press

91 Points - Michael Godel (WineAlign)

"Tommaso Cortonesi grabs the youngest of his sangiovese not yet ready for the youthful exuberance of Rosso nor the prime time of Brunello di Montalcino and boom, Léonus is constantly re-invented in its IGT style. And yet this is a wine of evolution because vines get older and the better experienced fruit deserves further attention. The price of this IGT is reflective of an increase in quality but also Cortonesi’s understanding of his (home vineyard's) La Manella ways. Look at this label as a window into a vintage, of what Rosso will be and even imagine the prospects for the Grand Vin. Warm one, ripe and developed, a tie to the place forged and more structure in this Léonus is identified clearer than ever before. Drink 2023-2025. Tasted February 2023."

90 points - Megha Jandhyala

"The 2020 Lèonus was sourced from the Cortonesi family's La Mannella farm in Montalcino. It is ripe and plush, with flavours of plums, blueberries, and cherries, alongside subtle notes of herbs, nutmeg, and cedar. The palate is medium to full-bodied, infused with plump red fruit. Tannins are fine and acids are fresh and juicy. Length is very good. Tasted February 2023 by Critic Understudy Megha Jandhyala."

About the Producer

Tommaso Cortonesi’s grandfather bought La Mannella in the 1970s. The estate spreads over 56 hectares, eight of which produce Brunello di Montalcino. The major vineyard is around the winery at La Mannella, just north of Montalcino itself, but there is another vineyard near Castelnuovo dell’ Abate, to the south-east of the town. Originally just one Brunello was made, a blend from the two separate vineyards, but in the 1990s, Tommaso and his father realised that the two vineyards had distinctly different soil composition.

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