Run by the talented Stella di Campalto, the 6 hectare San Giuseppe wine estate in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, is strewn with several soil types (volcanic, iron-rich, galestro, clay…). It was originally planted in 1992, became organic in 1996 and then biodynamic in 2002. Great attention is paid to harvesting the parcels of vines separately in order to capture the maximum fruit quality and soil expression, using gravity and a combination of large 38hl Austrian oak barrels and French oak barriques to vinify the juice as gently as possible.
The wines of Stella di Campalto are released a year or more later than its peers. Following the 2009 vintage, all Brunellos released from this estate are identified as Riservas to allow extra cellar-aging time.
The color alone on the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Amore is stunning; a vibrant, translucent ruby. The 2015 leaps from the glass with a dramatic and layered display of crushed wild strawberries, roses, a dusting of confectionary spice and flowery undergrowth. It’s silky and feminine in feel, soothing the palate with sweet cherries and plums, as a more savory, yet nuanced mix of licorice, minerals and violet florals resonates. Fine tannins come forward through the finish, yet they don’t get in the way of this purely seductive expression. The 2015 has an almost fragile feel, beautiful and lifted, yet there’s also no need to rush, as it finds harmony between ripeness of fruit and youthful structure. [93 Points, Eric Guido – November 2020, vinous.com]