94 Insider Points
Brunello at Its Finest.
As a lover of Italian wines, Brunello is something that is imperative to have under my belt. We're lucky enough to be working directly with Bartoli Giusti, and I'm lucky enough to be sipping on a glass of it at the moment I am writing this review. It's a very particular category, with a very particular style, something that had been perfected and is here for the some of the most distinguished wine lovers. A must-have for any earthy red drinker.
Earthy nose of red leather and cherry. A bold, bright palate, medium bodied, showing tart cranberry, pomegranate, star anise and chalky minerality. Medium length on the finish. Drinking well now but ready to cellar another 10 years. 94 Points - JZ July '18
Just landed: from Wine Spectator 96 point vintage:
We discovered the Bartolo-Giusti family’s winery through our Direct Import program, whereby we scour the corners of the earth for under the radar, not-as-yet imported examples of the finest wines on earth. The 2012 Bartoli Giusti Brunello di Montalcino is a terrific, traditionally styled wine from an outstanding vintage with all the DOCG has to offer! Ripe fruit overtones, juicy with red cherry plum and wild strawberry, dusky earth and sanguine notes, the nose is delicately poised and leads to a rich, well-balanced palate with hints of spice, slightly chewy tannins, a subtle chalky minerality and superb persistence.
This is a dry yet elegant wine with hints of vanilla, blackberry, and pepper.
From the winery:
For centuries the Bartoli Giusti family has been cultivating vines to produce one of the most famous and prestigious wines in the world, Brunello di Montalcino.
Ancient maps found during the renovation of the cellars testify to the company's activity already in the early eighteenth century.
The Bartoli Giusti Company is managed by the brothers Gino Antonio Focacci , engineer, and Anna Maria Focacci , graduated in agriculture, specialized in oenology.
Uncork this with your next dish containing deer or venison. The game-like flavors in the meat will compliment the fruit and peppery flavors in the wine.