The Wines of Lionello Marchesi: New Releases from Tuscany

Thirty years ago Lionello Marchesi, a successful Italian industrialist, decided to follow his passion and make wine. Today he owns three estates in Tuscany: Coldisole in Montalcino, Poggio alle Sughere in the Maremma, and Castello di Monastero in Chianti Classico. We recently tasted his current releases.

We liked all the wines we tasted but were most impressed with Marchesi’s Rosso and Brunello releases from the Coldisole estate in Montalcino These are all well made, charming wines, polished and stylistically modern. For reviews of Marchesi’s other Brunellos see our recently published Report # 31 Brunello di Montalcino.

Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits of White Plains NY is the US importer.

Lionello Marchesi 2009 Coldisole Rosso di Montalcino Tuscany ($25) 90
This Rosso displays a medium ruby color with aromas and flavors of dried cherry and plum with earthy nuances. It is light-bodied on the palate and reveals a nice soft texture, good concentration of flavors, round tannins and a long finish.

Lionello Marchesi 2007 Coldisole Brunello di Montalcino Tuscany ($55) 91 (re-taste)
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino has a dark ruby color with earth and dried cherry and plum aromas and flavors. It shows depth of flavor on the palate, although stylistically it is light-bodied and elegant with soft round tannins and a long finish.

Lionello Marchesi 2003 Coldisole Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Tuscany ($55) 92
The 2003 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva displays aromas of dried black cherry, forest floor and toasted oak that are mirrored on the palate. Modern in style, it exhibits concentrated flavors and an elegant mouth feel with round tannins and a long earthy finish.

Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler
August 20, 2012

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