Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2018

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xxx | 99 MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS V ISIT u S AT MORRELLWINE .c OM cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) The warm vintage 2011s were rich, racy and ripe, but not what the average Brunello lover was looking for, and 2012 struggled, with stunning aromatics, yet lacking thrust on the palate. What's more, the majority of producers did not produce any 2014 Brunello (a tremendously wet and disastrous vintage), and 2015 is being referred to as another hot vintage. What this means to the buyer of Brunello di m ontalcino is that 2013 is our best bet to secure classically-styled wines that will mature in our cellars for over a decade or more. The 2013 vintage was the result of a cool and wet spring that led to uneven temperatures through the beginning of the summer. From cool conditions, to warm and back to cool again, with rain scattered throughout, 2013 was like a vintage from the '60s or '70s. What it didn't have, which helped to maintain its classic character, were heat spikes. As the summer ended, temperatures regulated and so did the precipitation, leading to ideal conditions through September. The threat of rain in o ctober was avoided by most producers, as they picked early (a benefit of today's weather-tracking technology). As a result, the best 2013s are cool-toned, balanced and classically structured wines. It's a vintage that will thrill longtime fans of the region. ✦ T H e Sea SON OF C H a NG e 2013 B R u N e LLO di M ONT a LC i NO The 2013 vintage represents the first opportunity in the last two years to add classically-styled Brunello to our cellars.

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