La Rasina Wines
The first Brunello wines in fact were made almost exclusively from grapes grown from just to the south of Montalcino itself to Sant’Angelo in Colle, but the last 35 years have seen an enormous expansion of vineyard surface and the emergence of a whole series of prestigious new houses. Among these houses must be reckoned the La Rasina estate of the Mantengoli family, whose patriarch, Vasco Mantengoli, who bottled his first Brunello di Montalcino in 1988.
The area, often termed the eastern sector of the production zone, looks eastward and south-eastward towards Mount Amiata and enjoys, for this rather warm part of Tuscany, a fresher climate than the south-facing vineyards of Castelnuovo dell’Abate and Sant’Angelo.
The difference is markedly felt in the various wines now realized by Marco Mantengoli with the grapes of his 26 acres of vineyards: fragrance, polish, finesse, and breed are the words which easily come to mind in descriptions of his line and can be applied to the entire line: not merely the Brunello di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino Divasco but to the Rosso di Montalcino as well, regularly one of the very finest of all.