La Madonna Nera's Brunello di Montalcino shuns the highly extracted and more full-throttle style of certain Brunellos, expressing elegance and finesse that makes Brunello di Montalcino the most esteemed of Tuscan reds.
The zone of Montalcino known as La Madonna lies on the south-eastern slope below the medieval town in the heart of the appellation. The 4 hectare vineyard was bought by the Borgogni family in 2006 on the advice of celebrated oenologist Carlo Ferrini, under whose supervision the fine red wines have been made until recently. A new cellar was built into the hillside on ecological principles, where the wines could be worked by gravity with the minimum of pumping. French oak barrels of 500 to 700 litres are used for an élevage of 30 months, providing a happy medium between the traditional larger botte and the smaller 225 litre barriques that have become fashionable. Esteemed consultant winemaker, Paolo Caciorgna, was a natural choice to succeed Ferrini as oenologist here.