Podere Giodo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016
(Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 100] [WA 98]
Regular price $186.00 Sale price $179.97 Save $6.03
About the Winery:
Florence-born agronomist Ferrini spent 30+ years as a consultant winemaker to some of Italy’s most prestigious labels – Brancaia, Casanova di Neri, Fonterutoli, Poliziano – before founding his own winery in Montalcino in 2002. In 2010 he purchased little more than a hectare on Mount Etna, one of the world’s highest vine growing regions.
About the Vineyards:
Ferruccio Biondi Santi, in the latter half of the 19th century, is to thank for this region’s
focus on Sangiovese Grosso – heralded for its aging capabilities and phylloxera resistance, 1880 saw the first official vintage of Brunello. DOCG status was awarded in 1980. Ferrini spent years researching soils and exposures before settling on an initial 3.5 hectares between Sant’Angelo in Colle and Sant’Antimo at 300 meters. 2009 saw his first vintage of Brunello followed by Rosso IGT in 2015. Currently vines falling outside of the Brunello DOCG are bottled as IGT.
In the glass, this wine is ruby red with garnet highlights. The bouquet is a vital ensemble of wild strawberries, bergamot, redcurrant and pomegranate, fern, tamarind, green coffee, herbs and even cinchona and sweet spices. On the palate comes a soft and well-balanced attack, it then becomes intense in acidity, compressing a composed and velvety tannin. The finish is savoury, long, harmonious and rich with spicy tones.
Ratings & Reviews
100 Points - James Suckling:
"Seamless is a great way to describe this red wine with intense aromas of plums, cherries, walnut and sandalwood. Some lightly toasted oak, roses and lavender as well. Really aromatic. The palate is full and extremely polished with super fine tannins that go on for minutes and spread across your palate. A great wine, following the perfect, 100-point 2015. Better to start drinking this after 2023." (10/31/2020)
98 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Upon meeting Carlo Ferrini for the first time some 15 years ago, I remember vividly when he described himself as a Sangiovesista, or an adherent of the school of Sangiovese. Many years later, and perhaps to cement that self-appointed moniker, the wine consultant has now settled in Montalcino, or the ultimate holy ground to Sangiovese. Ferrini has embarked on his Giodo estate (with beautiful vineyards and a newly inaugurated winery built precisely according to his technical specifications and wishes), creating his own temple to the mighty Tuscan grape. As a consultant, Ferrini has endured many stylistic transformations over the years, but the personality embraced in his 2016 Brunello di Montalcino celebrates varietal purity, balance and elegance, and I write those words free of hyperbole. Delicate forest berry fruits open to spice, forest floor and balsam herb. The wine presents a pretty wave of freshness, followed by firm tannins and enough fruity texture to smooth over the palate. This is a career-defining wine for this proud Sangiovesista. Production is 10,000 bottles." - Monica Larner (10/30/2020)