Wednesday Wines – Episode 208 – La Fiorita, Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

It was a pleasure to meet Natalie Oliveros from La Fiorita in London last week to taste her fascinating portfolio of wines. Here are my thoughts –

Ninfalia 2022

2022 Ninfalia Rosato La Fiorita (£70.00 (magnum), www.stannarywine.com). 

Montalcino (100% Sangiovese); 12.5% alc.

Six months in 17.5hl Nomblot concrete egg

Only bottles in magnums, and with dark green glass that prevents any possibility of light strike issues, this is a heavenly rosé and one of my favourites in Italy! With teasing bitterness and a raspberry and cranberry-scented attack, this wine has a similar approach to the 2018 and 2019 (both of which I loved), and it is the mild austerity and fabulous tension that precede the eventual calm that has me hooked. There is none of the heat or weight of a Provence rosé here, as it is pinched and slender, not unlike the nymph on the label. Deliciously crisp and loaded with minerality, this is a star wine, and in a magnum, it has a genuine wow factor. 18/20

La Fiorita Portfolio

2021 Rosso di Montalcino La Fiorita (£30.00, www.stannarywine.com).

A selection from Collesorbo and Giardinello

10 months in French oak botte grande

Bright, sour, raw and combative, this is an action-packed Rosso, and that’s how I like it. The palate shows firm acidity under the generous plum, red cherry and cranberry notes, and there is no doubt that this wine sits in the same portfolio as Ninfalia, given it is every bit as refreshing as its rosato sibling. Active, bright, energetic and extremely accurate to the region and style, this is a delicious, refreshing red with tension and allure.  18/20

2019 Brunello di Montalcino La Fiorita (£65.00, www.stannarywine.com).

A blend of Collesorbo; Pian Bossolino; and Giardinello

All fermentation and maceration in cement tanks. Four months in concrete, 36 months in French oak botte grande. Bottled in June 2023

With much more power and extract than the Rosso and some superb tannin, this is a powerful and fairly oaky wine that appears youthful and firm. The fruit is trammelled and straight-jacketed and the length is slender and focussed. Flavour-wise, the red spectrum is the focus with little to no black fruit whatsoever, and this further emphasises the house style of La Fiorita, which I would sum up as a ‘brightly-fruited traditionalist’.  18+/20

2019 Fiore di NO Brunello di Montalcino La Fiorita (£130.00, www.stannarywine.com).

A blend of Collesorbo (46%); Pian Bossolino (15%) and Giardinello(39%)

Four months in concrete, 36 months in French oak botte (26hl – 50hl). Bottled in June 2023

NO (Natalie Oliveros) is a more luxurious and layered wine with immediacy, textural complexity, and obvious exoticism. This is a deeper and more luxurious wine with impressive density and length. Once again, the acidity and tannins are incredibly clean, fresh and superbly bright. Just starting out on its life, there is a decade or more ahead, and it will gradually blossom in the glass as time ticks by.  18.5+/20

2018 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Fiorita (£105.00, www.stannarywine.com).

100% Pian Bossolino

Four months in stainless steel, 36 months in French oak botte (26hl – 50hl). Bottled in April 2022

The change of vintage is marked here, as is the velvetiness of this wine. With less dynamism than the two 2019s, this is a deep-seated and, perhaps, more predictable wine with decent structure and more weight and lustiness. Stylish and complex, there is a tenderness to the fruit that seems elevated and slightly more intense than the others, but it is unlikely to live as long nor reveal as much complexity as the 2019s given time.  18+/20 

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