Giodo Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 JS96

Giodo Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 JS 96 WA 94

3 Bicchieri, Gambero Rosso 

Region: Toscana Italy

Appellation: DOCG Brunelli di Montalcino

Grape(s): 100% Sangiovese (Brunelli)

Aging: 36 Months in French Oak

Case Format: 6*75cl in OWC

Closure: Natural Cork

Alcohol: 15%

“Famed enologist Carlo Ferrini’s small private vineyard may produce Montalcino’s best-kept secret... Carlo Ferrini is one of Tuscany’s great winemakers. But you probably have not heard of his tiny Montalcino estate, Podere Giodo.” Wine Spectator

Giodo Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 Azienda Agricole Ferrini Bianca Carlo Ferrini’s Giodo Brunello is a tiny production of just 250 cases, coming from a small, 12-hectare parcel which was formerly planted to oak trees. Carlo Ferrini saw huge potential in the mineral-laced, southeast-facing slopes, offering shade from the hot summer evening sun. Only 2.8 hectares are planted with vines, with 15 different clones of Sangiovese, selected throughout the 1990s for their low yields and high-quality grapes. The tiny vineyard is farmed organically. The soil is predominantly limestone, rich is fossil deposits and loosely packed. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and cement vats, aged for 36 months in new French oak barrels, and another 12 months in bottle before release. Reviews & Awards “Fascinating plum, light chocolate and citrus undertones. Medium to full body, medium, velvety tannins and a soft and medium-fruity finish. All in reserve and balance. A wine to get. Drink or hold.” James Suckling, 96 Points

“Carlo Ferrini has now put three vintages of Giodo under his belt. This is the consulting enologist's personal property in Montalcino. Carlo felt the need to stretch his creative muscles and this avowed “Sangiovesista” set his sights on Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is not as dense or rich as the two previous vintages released. This wine offers a subdued and streamlined personality that pegs it closer to classic Sangiovese without the exuberance - and irresistible controversy - that we can expect from this talented Tuscan winemaker. In fact, the wine shows little of Carlo's personal style that prizes density, opulence and concentration. Wild berry, pressed violets and spice rise from the bouquet. The wine is firm, delineated, muscular and powerful in terms of textural finesse. I feel confident of its aging potential. The mouthfeel will flesh out further with more time in the bottle. That said, I admit to feeling nostalgic for the grandeur and opulence that I associate with Carlo's vast portfolio of great wines. Go for it Carlo! Show us your stuff. This is a bashful vintage that I don't associate with your signature style.” Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate 94 Points

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