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Gianni Brunelli was from an old Montalcino family. He dedicated his life to upholding the local traditions of great food, wine and hospitality. He became famous for all of the above at his legendary restaurant Osteria Le Logge in Siena "where customers are treated like friends and friends like gods". In 1988 he re-established his family's grape growing tradition at Le Chiuse de Sotto, a 2 ha vineyard below the hill town of Montalcino. An additional 4.5 ha vineyard named “Podernovone” has...
- 96 Points -
Plum, wild berry, tobacco, crushed herb and balsamic aromas all come together on this elegant red. The palate shows its Sangiovese and Montalcino pedigree, delivering juicy Morello cherry, raspberry compote, star anise and tobacco alongside taut, polished tannins. It's bright and well balanced, with firm acidity that will keep it going for years.See detailed press review
- 95 Points -
Michaela Morris, February 2019
Gianni Brunelli's Riserva always contains a high percentage of the estate's Vigna Olmo plot. A warm, south-facing site, it gives the wine its richness, however the schistose-galestro soil is rich in limestone and also imparts plenty of structure, while the lofty altitude of up to 500 metres confers beautifully precise aromas. The 2013 Riserva offers a restrained yet seductive nose of lavender, blood orange and moist earth. Silky tannins and luscious acidity back up the generously red-berried palate, giving a deceptive impression of lightness. This is all finesse and grace.
- 96+ POINTS -
This is a terrific wine that performs with grace, elegance and lengthy endurance. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva stands out in my mind as one of the most enjoyable riservas I have tasted from this classic vintage. The aromas are balanced and neatly tucked in. The effect it seamless and smooth with a virtual continuum of wild berry, rose, spice and autumnal aromas. Nothing is out of place and the wine feels glossy and polished in terms of mouthfeel. The tannins are firm but expertly integrated, giving this wine a prolonged future drinking window.See detailed press review