Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2018

Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2018

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95+ points Robert Parker

The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job of capturing the essence and the spirit of Sangiovese, a grape that delivers infinitely nuanced and complex results when in the right hands. This wine reveals wild cherry, blue violet, blood orange, rusty nail and sweet earth. There is a hint of scorched earth or baked clay that underlines the warmest months in this growing cycle. The results are balanced and fresh. I've mentioned alcohol content throughout this report, and although the 14% registered here is still quite high, is it below the average for its peers. This is a job very well done. Some 15,700 bottles, 200 magnums and 30 three-liter bottles were released.

Maria Laura Vacca Brunelli and her team have focused on vineyard renewal this past year. She farms in two sites: Podernovone (with four vineyard plots, Olmo, Oliva, Quercia and Gelso) enjoys breezy conditions and high elevations as much as 500 meters above sea level. Le Chiuse di Sotto has fresh soils at 280 meters in elevation with vines planted by Gianni Brunelli's father Dino in 1947; this is where re-planting efforts are concentrated, safeguarding all old vines whenever possible.

93 points Wine Spectator

Laced with cherry and raspberry fruit, this red also offers eucalyptus, mineral, earth and almond flavors. Vibrant and balanced, with an intense, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2025 through 2042. 1,353 cases made, 283 cases imported.

93 points Vinous

The darkly alluring 2018 Brunello di Montalcino grumbles up from the glass, with a mix of crushed plums and black cherries complemented by rubbed sage nuances. It’s soft-textured and deep, engulfing the palate in ripe wild berry fruit and spice, underscored by a savory herbaceous steak. A web of fine tannins is left to linger, creating a truly classic impression, as mentholated herbs and hints of wild strawberry linger on and on. This youthfully masked beauty will only require minimal cellaring to show its best.
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