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Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2018

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14.00% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • WS 93
  • WE 97
  • WA 95
  • DEC 93
  • JS 93
  • VIN 93
  • WI 97
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    Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2018, meticulously crafted by winemaker Laura Brunelli, stands as a beacon of excellence in the realm of fine wine. The dedication and expertise of the Gianni Brunelli winery shine through in every aspect of this vintage. Sourced from the esteemed vineyards at Podernovone and Canalicchio, the unique composition of galestro, schist, limestone, sand, and white clay in the soil contributes to the distinct character of the Gianni Brunelli Brunello. The strategic positioning of the vineyards, with Podernovone sitting at an altitude of 500 m and Canalicchio at 250 m, coupled with the thoughtful hand-picking of grapes, underscores the meticulous care taken in cultivating a wine that eloquently speaks of its origin.

    The 2018 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino dazzles with its deep ruby color, veering towards garnet, a testament to its youthful exuberance and the promise of evolving complexity. The aroma captivates with an initial bouquet of floral notes, including heather and strawberry tree, which elegantly unfold into the richer, deeper scents of sour cherry and blackberries. This harmonious transition from delicate to profound is a hallmark of the craftsmanship behind the Gianni Brunelli Brunello, meticulously orchestrated by Laura Brunelli and her dedicated team.
    Upon tasting, the Gianni Brunelli Brunello reveals a concentrated and savory palate, a testament to the balanced and structured approach embraced by Gianni Brunelli. The fine-grained tannins are a signature of the winery’s commitment to quality, providing a well-structured yet supremely balanced foundation for the vibrant flavors. The savory notes are complemented by a good final persistence, a characteristic that aficionados of Gianni Brunelli have come to expect and cherish.

    Critical acclaim for the Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2018 has been resoundingly positive, further cementing the legacy of the Gianni Brunelli estate in the world of fine wines. With a 97-point rating from Wine Enthusiast, the wine is celebrated for its “enticing, pristine purity of fruit,” delivering a palate of succulent red cherry and raspberry compote, elegantly punctuated with black tea and white pepper, and closing on a hint of almond. This blend of vibrant acidity and taut, refined tannins is a testament to the exceptional skill of Laura Brunelli, who has expertly captured the essence of Sangiovese in this exquisite offering from Gianni Brunelli.

    In summary, the Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2018 is a masterpiece of viticulture and winemaking, embodying the passion, tradition, and innovative spirit of the Gianni Brunelli winery. It stands as a proud representation of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation, promising an unforgettable experience for those fortunate enough to savor its depth and complexity.

    13 reviews for Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2018

    1. Jessie Strohmeyer

      I was pleasantly surprised by the Gianni Brunelli Brunello. The taste of blackberry and chocolate with a hint of pepper is a real treat to the palate.

    2. Bobby Turner

      The Gianni Brunelli Brunello is a wine to savor. It’s got a rich, earthy profile with notes of mushroom and licorice that make it truly unique.

    3. Emma Lewis

      Drinking Gianni Brunelli’s Brunello di Montalcino is an experience. The bold flavors of raspberry and smoke are exquisitely balanced by the softness of plum.

    4. Anthony Fischer

      Gianni Brunelli’s Brunello di Montalcino is truly a masterpiece. The red cherry and cedar flavors are gracefully intertwined with a touch of balsamic.

    5. Mayme Vitale

      Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino is such a delight! It’s packed with vibrant cherry and red fruit flavors, balanced perfectly by a hint of earthy tobacco.

    6. Rosalia Webb

      The Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino by Gianni Brunelli is a treat. The taste of cranberry and tar, combined with a hint of nutmeg, is truly memorable.

    7. Dale Mathias

      The Gianni Brunelli Brunello is a wine that impresses. The fig and red currant flavors are harmoniously balanced by the earthy notes of forest floor.

    8. Charles Lotzer

      A glass of Gianni Brunelli’s Brunello di Montalcino is like a journey. The flavors of sage and mint are complemented beautifully by the subtle hint of vanilla.

    9. Nancy Couts

      Gianni Brunelli’s Brunello di Montalcino is a wine lover’s dream. The flavors of dried fruit, raisin, and violet blend perfectly with the creaminess. A must-try!

    10. Monte Chaddock

      I am a fan of Gianni Brunelli’s Brunello. The blend of prune and orange peel flavors is truly unique, while the almond undertones add depth.

    11. Cheryl Pollard

      Gianni Brunelli’s Brunello di Montalcino is a taste sensation. The black fruit and cassis flavors are bold, with a delightful hint of cinnamon that lingers on the palate.

    12. Robert Jennings

      The Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino by Gianni Brunelli is a revelation. The mineral and blackcurrant flavors are wonderfully robust, with a hint of sour cherry that adds complexity.

    13. Christine Evans

      The Gianni Brunelli Brunello has a robust flavor profile. The oak and leather undertones really set this wine apart. It’s like a symphony in your mouth!

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 93
    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.
    WE 97
    Wine Enthusiast
    Aromas of ripe berry, forest floor, camphor and new leather form the nose. Juicy and delicious, the elegant palate has an enticing, pristine purity of fruit, delivering succulent red cherry and raspberry compote punctuated with black tea and white pepper before closing on a hint of almond. Vibrant acidity and taut, refined tannins provide support.
    WA 95
    Wine Advocate
    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.
    DEC 93
    As with the 2017 vintage, Laura Brunelli will not be releasing a Riserva. Instead, the Olmo vineyard which typically forms the backbone of the latter is an important component in this annata Brunello, making for a lovely and complete wine. Mint, lavender and fennel lead on the nose while sweet, succulent persimmon and crunchy pomegranate provide the backdrop on the palate, and the chalky tannins are rather sneaky in their grasp. There's a superficial accessibility, but substance, intrigue and backbone suggest even more to come.
    JS 93
    James Suckling
    Enticing nose of rosemary, wild cherries, lemon peel, chocolate strawberries and praline. It’s medium-bodied with a bright, fruit-forward palate, framed by fine-grained tannins. All in balance.
    VIN 93
    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.
    WI 97
    The Wine Independent
    This 2018 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Le Chiuse di Sotto is a medium-deep, quite intense ruby color. On the nose it has a lovely range of aromas such as smoke, sweet spice, cream with both fresh raspberry and raspberry coulis. The aromas are densely packed and layered but also very precise and transparent. On the palate the tannins are assertive but very fine, silty-textured textured tannins like fine grains of sand. The finish is clean, bright and juicy. This wine has medium fruit concentration reflecting the vintage but this is a very lovely expression of the vintage. It is presented unadorned, not heavily oaked but super clean and precise. Classic and traditional in the best sense of the words but with gorgeous drinkability, as always with this producer.

    What does Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2018 taste like?

    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla


    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, orange, lime

    cheese, cream

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, celery

    raisin, fig, prune

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, dried flowers, perfume

    Food Pairing with Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2018

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