Brother and sister team Laura and Adriano Brunelli bought back their father’s old property – Le Chiuse di Sotto – to the north of Montalsin in 1987 with its 2ha of Sangiovese. They added the 4.5ha of Podernovone on Montalcino’s South-Eastern slopes in the mid 90s where they completed their ecological winery, using modern solar along with some ancient Etruscan building methods to sustainably limit the building’s carbon footprint.
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Le Chiuse di Sotto – Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino from Gianni Brunelli didn’t leave much room for improvement; yet somehow the Riserva manages to take things to a whole new level. The bouquet alone is absolutely stunning, as you could sit with this glass for an hour and never grow tired of taking in its mix of sweet wild herbs, dusty florals and bright cherry fruit. Sage, lavender, spiced orange and flowery undergrowth complete this already-dazzling expression. It’s deep and silky, verging on fleshy but not quite, as a tactile mix of acids, minerals and fine tannin settle in. That said, while the 2015 Riserva is classically structured and dry, it prioritizes purity of fruit above all else, seeming to hover upon the senses and never grow tiring. Fans of Gianni Brunelli will be very happy to have a few of these resting in the cellar. The Riserva is typically made from a higher percentage of fruit from the Olmo vineyard at Podernovone in the south balanced out by a parcel from Le Chiuse in the north, which adds freshness. It then spends up to forty months in a combination of twenty-five to thirty-hectoliter barrels.
97 Points, Eric Guido, Vinous, Nov 2020
97 Points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate, Nov 2020