2014 Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy (375ml)
Angelo Gaja is better known for his wines from Piemonte, but his Brunello from Tuscany is up to the same exacting standards.
Producer notes ~
Grape: 100% Sangiovese Grosso.
Vineyards: With the 2005 vintage, for the first time in its history, the Gaja family decided to produce a classic Brunello di Montalcino without single-vineyard designation, blended from the estate’s top growing sites in Sugarille, Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri.
Fermentation: Four weeks in stainless-steel vats.
Aging: Twelve months in barrique (first-, second-, and third-passage casks), 12 months in botti (large thirty-year-old casks).
Vineyard notes: The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino marked the first release of this label. The growing sites in the southwestern subzone of the appellation impart structure and polished tannin to this wine.