The history of Lisini dates to the time of the Medicis. This is one of Montalcino’s oldest estates, and a founding member of the Corsorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. Lisini is one of the few producers in Sant’Angelo in Colle, in the south-west of Montalcino. The proximity here to Maremma gives maritime breezes warding against summer heat, which is especially important in as hot and dry a year as 2017. Thick woodland, olive groves and wild scrubs surround the 25 hectares under vine – a rural haven of the region’s finest terroir. An ancient river system sculpted the area, and with it the complex soils in Lisini’s vineyards. Fossil-laced sand, clay and iron-rich soils, paired with altitudes of 300-400 metres, all play a leading role in the unique personality of Lisini’s wines.
Winemaker Filippo Paoletti worked with the late Giulio Gambello – the man responsible for sculpting the wines of Biondi Santi and Soldera, and the creator of Le Pergola Torte. Like his mentor, Filippo doesn’t fall prey to modern trends. He chooses to showcase the naked perfection of his vineyards using traditional methods. The only modern practices used here are done to better farm the vines; to retain purity of fruit; and to articulate the finer detail of this magical corner of the region. Lisini produces classic Brunello of the highest calibre. In the opulent ’17 vintage, the wines demonstrate why such a historic producer continues to gain a modern, cult following.