Founded in 1975 in the hamlet of Castelnuovo dell’Abate to the South East of Montalcio by the purchase of the San Pio & Loreto estates. Now owned by the Illy family of coffee fame who have spared no expense and made significant investment over the years. In 2018, they acquired 12 new hectares of land (with both vineyards and forest), and in 2020 the winery unveiled a new bottaia, or cellar room, with traditional oval and circular aging casks.
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Mastrojanni Vigna Loreto Brunello di Montalcino 2016
The Vigna Loreto, located on the slope in front of the Mastrojanni winery, is the estate’s showpiece vineyard, not only because it is positioned in full view of incoming visitors but also because of its ideal southeast-facing exposures. It is 1.58 hectares in size and has pebbles and tufo. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Loreto (with 8,000 bottles produced) is awash in sunlight and Tuscan luminosity, resulting in a ripe and fruit-forward Brunello that never shies away in terms of richness or intensity. Indeed, the wine delivers a special level of power that transcends the bouquet and the palate, resulting in dark fruit, spice, leather, cured tobacco and rosemary essence. The tannins are firm but integrated and otherwise tucked into the ample flesh of the wine.
97 Points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate, Nov 2020
95 Points, Eric Guido, Vinous, Nov 2020