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2012 Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino

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September 25, 2022 - $66

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RATINGS

96Wine Enthusiast

Dark-skinned berry, forest floor, pipe tobacco, new leather and balsamic notes... On the elegantly structured palate, taut, polished tannins and vibrant acidity frame ripe red cherry, exotic spice and aromatic herb flavors. A lingering star anise note announces the close. Impeccably balanced and loaded with class.

94Wine Spectator

Charming and open, this red exudes cherry, strawberry and rose aromas and flavors. Remains elegant overall despite the firm, ripe tannins underneath...

93James Suckling

Aromas of dried berries, hints of dried mushrooms and spices follow through to a medium body, ultra-fine tannins and a lovely balance and depth of fruit. Finesse here.

17Jancis Robinson

...mid garnet. Chalky nose somehow. Sweet start to the palate. Then it’s very appetising on the finish. Racy and vibrant. Sinewy.

REGION

Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is regarded as one of Italy’s best appellations. Located in south central Tuscany below Chianti, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are made of a Sangiovese clone called “brunello,” which means “little dark one,” a reference to the brown tones in the skin of the grape. Unlike some Tuscan appellations that allow other grapes to be blended with Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is entirely Sangiovese. Montalcino itself is a picturesque, hill-top town not especially well known for wine production until the mid-19th century, when a local vineyard owner isolated the brunello clone and planted it. Other growers followed suit. Nevertheless it wasn’t until 1970s that wine enthusiasts started paying attention to Brunello di Montalcino, which by then was becoming an outstanding wine. Today there are 120 estates in the DOCG, up from about 25 estates in 1975. Brunellos in general are bigger, darker, more tannic and more powerful wines than Chiantis or most other Sangioveses. By law they must be aged for four years, and two of those years must be in wooden barrels.