2022 Martoccia di Luca Poggio Apricale IGT, Tuscany, Italy

Deep ruby red. Complex layers of cherry, blueberry, black tea, and balsamic. Full-bodied, with dark fruit, structured tannins, and integrated acidity



Made by emerging sensation Luca Brunelli, this graceful, high-altitude, neo-classical Brunello satisfies even the toughest of critics. A one-man show, Luca takes the ‘bonsai’ approach to his vines, growing them low to the ground in order to concentrate the fruit. With only 4 clusters permitted per vine, the yields are well under one bottle per plant, resulting in a deeply integrated experience.


With one of the highest cellars in Montalcino, not only is the view from Luca Brunelli’s hillside estate breathtaking, but you could catapult a stone from the town’s famous fortress (one of the last to fall in Siena’s wars against Firenze) and be assured a hit. In a bit of sweet irony, along with the altitude come some of the lowest yields in the entire Brunello DOCG. Taking the bonsai approach to his craft, Luca is a master when it comes to sculpting small plants with excruciatingly low yields. His Sangiovese Grosso vines only grow 20 inches high, for example, with the lowest grapes often a mere 6 inches off the ground! Permitting only 4 clusters per plant for his Brunello, it is physically impossible for him to get even 1 bottle from each vine. Just to put things in perspective, this means his Brunello has lower yields than some of the most expensive Right Bank Bordeaux.


Grape(s) Sangiovese Grosso
Farming Organic