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Gianni Brunelli - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006

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Producer Gianni Brunelli
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Subregion Montalcino
Varietal Sangiovese
Vintage 2006
Sku 8052190050244
Size 750ml

Gianni Brunelli Description

Gianni Brunelli, a man of many interests, established “Osteria Le Logge” in Siena (which has become one of the top restaurants of the city). In 1987 he returned to Montalcino and purchased Le Chiuse di Sotto, an estate that had belonged to his father Dino, with two hectares of vineyards standing at 200 meters above sea level in the northern part of the area. He replanted most of the vines in 1989 but still has a small plot of older holdings dating back to his father’s original 1947 plantings.

A few years ago he expanded with the purchase the “Podernovone” vineyard, located further south in Montalcino. Like Pacenti, his vineyard sites allow him to blend north and south to achieve great balance, no matter what the vintage brings. The property has a magnificent view on Monte Amiata and is endowed with 4.5 hectares standing at 350 meters above sea level. The soil of Podernovone, made up of calcareous-marl and schist, reflects light and heat, leading to a warmer site. Le Chiuse di Sotto is cool and airy, bringing bright acidity to the blend. After Gianni passed away in 2008, his wife Laura, who was already working at the estate, took the reins. Paolo Vagaggini, one of the most sought after enologists in Tuscany makes the wine.

Vinous: 94 Points

Good dark, bright red. Subtly complex and inviting aromas and flavors of redcurrant, minerals and underbrush. Juicy, suave and penetrating, with harmonious acidity energizing the middle palate. Silky, deep and seamless Brunello. Finishes youthfully firm and persistent, with very smooth tannins.

Wine Advocate: 94 Points

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beautiful wine. Powerful, taut and austere, the 2006 shows all of the qualities that make traditional Brunello compelling. Black cherries, incense, tobacco and grilled herbs wrap around the intense finish. Judging by the huge tannins, the 2006 is going to require patience, but it is very pretty, even today. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.  

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