Wine Advocate 100 points!
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 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a stunning wine with so much vitality, life and energy. It shows a brazen level of clarity and frankness. If you seek the truth in Sangiovese, I think you find it here. This Brunello unfolds to lasting purity, elegance and length. It is luminous and radiant. When tasted next to the 2015 Riserva from this estate (something I did on multiple passes), I continued to recognize the lifted and exciting personality of this wine next to the broader and heavier character of the Riserva. This Brunello shows extreme precision and focus, both to the bouquet and the mouthfeel. Wild berry, blue flower and licorice converge to perfection, and it's impossible to beat this quality at this price. Drink 2024-2045."-Monica Larner, Wine Advocate 100 points!
Enjoy Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino with osso buco, lasagna, eggplant Parmesan, and cheeses.