2016 Gianni Brunelli le Chiuse di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscana, Italy

2016 Gianni Brunelli le Chiuse di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscana, Italy

$37.95

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Please note!  The Brunello di Montalcino 2016 vintage has not been released yet, as legally it must wait for a minimum of five years before it can be offered for sale (2021)……we are patiently waiting for what we all know will be the next greatest vintage to rival 2010.  Here is proof of the pudding, and what proves to be a formidable wine to weigh in as simply a Rosso, and be comparable to very good Brunello from other vintages at a pittance of the price.

All organic and sustainable farming practices!!  Everything is accomplished manually by hand, including the fertilization of each individual vine.  Laura’s husband Gianni died back in 2008, and she took the reins without missing a beat!  This 100% Sangiovese Grosso is produced from one hectare of 60-70 year old vines, planted to Galestro, calcareous marly schists, and white clay soils all located at 250-500 meters above sea level.  The grapes are harvest by hand the first week of October. They are then crushed and transferred to tank by gravity. They endure 15 day maceration / fermentation period (29C) with frequent punch-down of the cap during the first week to promote extraction. The wine is then racked 2/3 times until March, when it is transferred to oak. It is then aged 6 months in Allier and Slavonian botte. 5% of free-run juice is removed to encourage concentration.

“The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a terrific wine that offers good value as well. The bouquet reveals earthy aromas that are folded within ripe cherry and dried raspberry. The wine goes into oak casks for eight months, and this is just enough to build a generous, extrovert personality.” – 90+ points, Wine Advocate – Monica Larner

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