Brunello di Montalcino Riserva gli Angeli


This single-vineyard cru is La Gerla's flagship wine. Made in select years, this comes entirely from a one-hectare parcel of old vines (25-30 years old) from the original Biondi-Santi site, located between 270 and 320 meters above sea level. This hillside vineyard occupies a privileged position at the estate and consistently offers beautiful and healthy fruit. The wine is aged for 4 years in 50 -100hl Slavonian oak casks and an additional year in bottle before being released.


97 points
"A very refined top-of-the-line product of this firm that results from a painstaking selection in a “blessed” vineyard dating back to 1976. Spicy nose revealing undergrowth, blueberries, a hint of salted caper. Closing on the notes of cloves. Taut mouth with salty tannins. Saltiness on the finish."
Luca Gardini ,
Gardini Notes
March 2021
97 points
"Sweet berries and cherries with flowers, orange peel and hints of leaves. Sandalwood and meat, too. It’s full-bodied with chewy tannins that are polished and beautiful. Great finish. This is really impressive at the end. Best ever? So gorgeous now, but will be even more impressive in two or three years. Try after 2022."
James Suckling,
December 2020
96 points
"Rich and round, here is a red full of macerated plum and cherry flavors, with almond, leather, spice and earth accents. Firms up on the finish, where the vibrant fruit echoes. Best from 2025 through 2050. 500 cases made, 280 cases imported."
Bruce Sanderson,
Wine Spectator
June 2021
95 points
"The La Gerla 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva gli Angeli is a softly textured and fleshed out wine that shows darker and deeper fruit (compared to the 2016 Brunello that I tasted at the same time). This wine makes a great first impression, mostly thanks to that sense of quiet balance. As it opens in the glass, I notice the pretty ripeness of the vintage with dark cherry and summer plum. In all, this Riserva gives us an accessible and rich expression that will perform nicely upon release. Production is 8,560 bottles, and this wine will hit the market in April 2021."
Monica Larner,
Wine Advocate
November 2020
95 points
"Mature and essential revealing a good red energy, rich in notes of raspberries, blackcurrants, hibiscus flowers, fresh ginger and prune marmalade. Medium bodied, refined tannins of remarkable beauty and a balanced finale of impressive juiciness. Drink now or age."
Raffaele Vecchione,
November 2020
95 points
"Shiny, rich ruby with garnet rim. Very finely marked nose, of plums and cranberries, slightly resinous components, some cardamom. On the palate ripe, juicy fruit, much cherry, opens with fine-meshed tannin, full-bodied and long."
Othmar Kiem,Simon Staffler ,
March 2021
95 points
"New leather, forest floor and ripe woodland-berry aromas make their way to the forefront together with whiffs of violet and pipe tobacco. Full bodied and firmly structured, the palate offers finesse and concentrated flavors including crushed raspberry, morello cherry, licorice and truffle framed in tightly knit, polished tannins. Drink 2023–2030. "
Wine Enthusiast
May 2021
94 points
"The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gli Angeli is drop-dead gorgeous, as it keeps you coming back to the glass over and over to take in its alluring display of rich dark fruits with sweet mint, mulling spice and a grounding hint of flowery undergrowth. Its textures are seamless, coasting across a core of vibrant acids, which enliven its flavors of black cherry and currants. You can almost forget how youthful the 2015 is today, as it comes across as juicy at times. That said, there’s plenty of structure here to carry it for many years in the cellar. Notes of licorice, tobacco and sweet herbs linger long over a gentle coating of fine tannin. This may be dangerously delicious today; yet after just a few years of cellaring, I expect the Riserva Gli Angeli to fully blossom and provide a long and open drinking window."
Eric Guido,
Vinous Media
November 2020
94 points
"The 2015 Riserva is ripe with kirsch, blackberry, licorice, and sage. The palate is savory with amaro, medicinal herbs, and dried orange peel. There is more ripeness and less austerity than in the 2016. though it still has grippy, youthful tannin that will benefit from cellar time. Drink 2024-2038."
Audrey Frick,
Jeb Dunnuck
March 2021

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