Wine Advocate 96 points! Jancis Robinson 17/20!
Gianni Brunelli, a man of many interests, established Siena's Osteria Le Logge (now one of the top restaurants of the city) in 1977. In 1987, he returned to Montalcino and purchased 'Le Chiuse di Sotto,' an estate that had belonged to his father Dino, with 2 hectares of vineyards standing at 250 meters above sea level in the northern part of the region. Brunelli replanted most of the vines in 1989, but left untouched a small plot of older holdings dating back to his father's original 1947 plantings. After Gianni passed away in 2008, his wife Laura, who was already working at the estate, took the reins, along with her brother, Adriano.
Gianni Brunelli Brunello is 100% Sangiovese planted to Galestro, calcareous marly schists, and white clay soils, all located at 250-500 meters above sea level. Maceration and fermentation occur over 23 days, followed by aging in 25-30HL Slavonian oak casks for 30 months prior to bottling. Practicing organic.
"The Gianni Brunelli Le Chiuse di Sotto team is on a roll, and these last few vintages have really hit it out of the ballpark. Their latest release, the charming 2015 Brunello di Montalcino, is one of the stars of the vintage. This wine exudes the warmth and sheer exuberance of the growing season, which was beautifully warm and sunny. Yet it also stays true to the promise of Montalcino that strives for elegance, poise and longevity. This is a classic interpretation that offers a very precise and pure window onto the Sangiovese grape, with its tight aromas of wild cherry, medical herb and pressed blue flowers. The wine is a blend of fruit from both sides of Montalcino, the north side and the southeast. Between the two sites you get a mix of schist, sand, clay, tufo and Galestro soil. That's pretty much the whole rainbow from the appellation. Some 16,846 bottles were made (not including large-format bottles), and the wine was released in January 2020. Drink 2021-2040."-Monica Larner, Wine Advocate 96 points!
Enjoy Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino with osso buco, lasagna, eggplant Parmesan, and cheeses.