Brunello di Montalcino 2016 Gianni Brunelli
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.
Winespectator / James Suckling (95)
This red starts out round and full of black cherry, licorice, earth, tobacco and oak spice flavors, ending with muscular, mouthcoating tannins, yet balances of all the elements. Lingers with an aftertaste of dark fruit, spice and mineral.