Brunello di Montalcino

2016
Italy
Tuscany

The La Gerla Brunello is a blend of both the Canalicchio and Castelnuovo vineyards; the average age of the vines is 25 years old.

The grapes are kept cool for 7-8 days before fermentation, which lasts up to 15 days. The wine is then transferred to large 50-100hl casks and is aged for three years, racked twice a year, then bottled. It is then aged for an additional year before release. 

 

96 points
"Very pretty ripe and dried fruit with blackberries and sweet cherries. It’s full-bodied with depth of fruit and creamy, polished tannins. Extremely compact and long. Pure fruit at the end. A gorgeous wine. Drinkable now, but better after 2022."
James Suckling ,
Jamessuckling.com
November 2020
96 points
"A great lecture from this beautiful farm. Blackberry and plum, a mentholated trace, closing on the notes of licorice. Cruchy mouth, savoury tannins. Officinal notes reappearing on the finish."
Luca Gardini ,
Gardini Notes
March 2021
95 points
"The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino displays depths of rich blackberry and cherry sauce with mentholated herbal tones adding lift, while notes of cedar and clove develop in the glass. Its textures are like pure silk, draped slowly across the palate, showing admirable density and weight, balanced by bright acids and minerals. This is so tightly wound up in its youthful state, yet it’s packed full of potential with a core of dark primary fruit that isn’t quite ready to reveal its charms. A web of fine tannin makes itself known only at the very end, as the 2016 slowly tapers off to hints of tobacco. The 2016 will take some time for this to come fully into focus, but it will be well worth the wait."
Eric Guido,
Vinous Media
November 2020
94 points
"Elegant, tight and streamlined, the La Gerla 2016 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a savory and slightly spicy bouquet. More than fruit, the first tones you get focus on tar, smoke, licorice and mixed herbs. This wine offers a very Mediterranean personality with elegant mineral notes that come out in a second wave. The wine goes through a relatively quick fermentation with about 15 days of skin contact followed by 36 months in large Slavonian oak casks. With more time in the glass, it opens to blue flower, lilac, dried berry and crème de cassis. Production is 40,000 bottles."
Monica Larner,
Wine Advocate
November 2020
93 points
"Lively and pawing in the glass offering scents of geraniums, magnolia, lime, rose petals and dried cherries. Medium to full bodied, savoury and sliding on the palate showing tannins with no edges and a finale of medium tension. Better from 2021."
Raffaele Vecchione,
Winescritic.com
October 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB1181-16
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Sangiovese
Farming Type: 
Organic