Uccelliera’s kid brother from “up on the hill”, is the 2016 Voliero Brunello di Montalcino, Andrea Cortonesi of Uccelleria owns and makes this “second” label of Brunello, and sources its special fruit from a cooler hilltop vineyard located in the highest part of Castelnuovo dell’ Abata (same village as Uccelliera). The site sees limestone rich Galestro based soils with loose gravel. Voliero tends to be more approachable in style and substance and can be enjoyed while the Uccelliera is evolving. This wine always seems more robust, but approachable early. It is a terrific “value” and has been rated 94 points by both Wine Advocate and James Suckling. See text below.
“….opens to rich, fruity fiber with aromas of dark fruit, blackberry preserves, red brick and scorched earth. This is a saturated and accessible expression from Montalcino to enjoy in the near or medium-term with a nice steak and grilled porcino mushrooms. The grapes are fermented in steel with indigenous yeasts and aged in Slavonian oak. This is a 7,800-bottle production. 2023-2038.” 94 points – Wine Advocate (ML) Nov 2020
“Aromas of flowers, plums, cedar and violets follow through to a full body with firm, silky tannins that show plush fruit that’s pure and focused. Hints of orange peel, too. Fresh. Persistent at the end. Drink after 2023.” – 94 points, James Suckling, Oct 2020.