Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2003

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Item Number: 16665
Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2003

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WS: 90
Item Number: 16665
Wine Advocate 92
"Gianni Brunelli's 2003 Brunello di Montalcino is a gorgeous, mid-weight wine that shows the generosity and openness of the vintage. This brooding Brunello is loaded with Sangiovese character in a ripe style that nevertheless retains notable balance, detail and poise. Today the tannins are quite firm, but they soften quite a bit with air. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018." ~ AG

Stephen Tanzer 91+
"Bright, deep red. Aromas of plum, dark chocolate, tobacco and woodsy underbrush; very sangiovese. Then juicy, leanish and classically dry in the mouth but with sneaky intensity and good inner-palate energy to the flavors of tobacco and dried flowers. I like this wine's restrained sweetness and impression of minerality. Finishes with a tightly coiled spring of palate-dusting tannins and plenty of grip. Built to reward aging."

Wine Spectator 90
"Beautiful aromas of cherry, raspberry and lavender follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. Shows lovely balance for the vintage. Best after 2010. 1,665 cases made. –JS"

Gianni Brunelli, a man of many interests, established "Osteria Le Logge" in Siena (which has become one of the top restaurants of the city). In 1987 he returned to Montalcino and purchased Le Chiuse di Sotto, an estate that had belonged to his father Dino, with two hectares of vineyards standing at 200 meters above sea level in the northern part of the area. He replanted most of the vines in 1989 but still has a small plot of older holdings dating back to his father’s original 1947 plantings.

A few years ago he expanded with the purchase the "Podernovone" vineyard, located further south in Montalcino. Like Paecnti, his vineyard sites allow him to blend north and south to achieve great balance, no matter what the vintage brings. The property has a magnificent view on Monte Amiata and is endowed with 4.5 hectares standing at 350 meters above sea level. The soil of Podernovone, made up of calcareous-marl and schist, reflects light and heat, leading to a warmer site. Le Chiuse di Sotto is cool and airy, bringing bright acidity to the blend. After Gianni passed away in 2008, his wife Laura, who was already working at the estate, took the reins. Paolo Vagaggini, one of the most sought after enologists in Tuscany makes the wine.

Customer Reviews

5/5 stars
Posted by  on 1/4/17  [Verified]
5/5 stars
Perfectly aged, old school Brunello
Posted by  on 5/3/16  [Verified]
3/5 stars
Value?? - Thought it was a little flat, not robust, and certainly not worth the $37.
Posted by  on 6/29/15  [Verified]

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Information about Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2003

Bottles per case: 12

Type: Italian Red

Winery: Gianni Brunelli Winery

Region: Italy >  Tuscany

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