Wineservice takes a visit to Col di Lamo in Tuscany to taste some of the region’s best Brunello di Montalcino
Rolling hills sprawl across a landscape perfectly patterned with lines of beautifully manicured vineyards and tall, slender Italian Cypress trees.
What better place to kick-off the summer than a winery visit to Tuscany with a group of close friends. Last month, Nick and some of Wineservice’s private clients were hosted by Giovanna Neri at her winery in Montalcino – Col di Lamo and what a fabulous time they had.
Col di Lamo is one of the most dynamic and innovative emerging wineries in the region. An exclusive, all-female reality, owned by Giovanna Neri and her daughter Diletta. Their estate extends eighty hectares across Montalcino. Six hectacres of the vineyard produce Brunello di Montalcino, three hectares produce Rosso di Montalcino and two hectares produce their “Super-Tuscan”, Lamo.
Giovanna Neri is a law graduate who inherited from her father a great passion for wine. Today, she is an established and respected producer. She leads a tight team of 4: an agronomist, an estate worker and her daughter, Diletta, who recently joined the business to manage their marketing and communications.
Giovanna nurtures her business, the vineyard and team with a great, Italian motherly love and passion. Her wines have thus become part of her family. All of the Col di Lamo wines are farmed organically and certified as such. The winery only uses natural yeasts and do not add any additional tannins.
The Col di Lamo wine label has been designed with the aim of recognizing the feminine touch: a delicate profile of a woman’s face with the orange and green colours of their Tuscan House, the “Lamo”.
Giovanna’s brother owns another highly-rated estate, Azienda Agricola Casanova di Neri, but we would say that Giovanna’s wines are equally good and considerably less expensive.
Nick and his guests tried the Rosso di Montalcino 2016, Lamo (2010 Sangiovese & 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon) and Brunello di Montalcino 2012 all of which are available to purchase from Wineservice. The best vintages for her Brunello were: 2004, 2010, 2015, 2016.
Giovanna’s Super Tuscan, Lamo, is made with 70% Sangiovese (2010) and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon (2015). The wine stays in barriques for about 24 months and is stocked for a further 2 months. Lamo is an IGT (a typical geographic indication), which means that Giovanna can have the freedom to make this wine in her own preferred style. The grapes, however, must be grown in this area. It is named after their quintessential Tuscan country house and the average yearly production is 2,500 bottles.