2011 Bartoli Giusti Brunello

2011 Bartoli Giusti Brunello

Brunello, Tuscany, Italy

$56.00




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VARIETAL: Sangiovese

ALCOHOL: 13.50%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

94 Insider Points

Reviews:

The 2011 Brunello from Bartoli Giusti, our favorite Tuscan producer, is showing very well at such a young age, but will clearly evolve in your cellar over the next 15-20 years.  Red berries and spice blend nicely with a firm structure and fresh acidity, leading to a lengthy and dry finish.  Enjoy now through 2030. - DZ Dec 2016

Why We're Drinking It:

Our Sourcing Team discovered this family-run operation in Tuscany a few vintages back at VinItaly, and in a short spell Bartoli Giusti has become our best-selling supplier of Brunello di Montalcino. These guys make an incredible, molto autentico example of this wine—Tuscany’s most aristocratic offering. And, thanks to our Direct Import, this Brunello is available for a pittance, considering the wine’s place of origin and the care going into each and every gorgeous bottle.

Bartoli Giusti sources their limited-production Brunello from meticulously selected plots of 100% Sangiovese. The family farms nine hectares of vines growing at 300 feet above sea level, within the Tenuta Comunali in the heart of the Brunello di Montalcino zone. After aging the wine in Slavonian barrels for three years and an additional year in the bottle—a step necessary for tempering the naturally powerful tannins of Sangio grown in these historic hills—theirs is a wine displaying all of the exotic wonder of the appellation. We’re talking sweet black cherry fruit, fresh juicy acidity, sleek tannins and subtle hints of warming cedar, smoke, savory earth and a whiff of woodland flowers.

This is a winter red made for a truly special home-cooked meal. Its refinement calls for slow-roasted meats or a long-simmering Bolognese. For those Members who have hidden somewhere in their kitchen a manual press for fresh pasta—this is ample incentive for giving that bad boy a much-needed spin!

Reasons why we love it:

The Bartoli’s roots run deep in this zone. This family has been making wine in this hilltop village for four generations. Only in the last few years, and thanks to our Direct Import, has it been available to connoisseurs in the U.S.

In the production of this Brunello grapes are hand picked, and the fruit is macerated on the skins for 14-16 days to bring out the optimum flavor and aroma.

Vinous says of the 2011 vintage in Montalcino: “The best 2011 Brunellos are racy, open-knit and seductive, all qualities that make them well-suited for near to medium-term drinking. While the Wine Enthusiast notes: “Overall, the wines have an immediate, juicy appeal that exceeded my expectations from what was a difficult, torrid growing season. The best show some staying power, and more than a few display unexpected complexity.”

Tasting Notes:

Deep ruby red color. Elegant and powerful at the same time with inviting perfumes of red berries and clean freshness, complex and balanced. It presents a good concentration on the mid-palate and a persistent aftertaste, with a rounded and voluptuous body, and interesting, silky tannins.

The Story to Know:

For centuries the family Bartoli Giusti growing vines to produce one of the most famous wines and precious in the world, Brunello di Montalcino. Ancient maps found during the reconstruction works of the cellars testify to the company's business in the early '700. The Company is managed by brothers Bartoli Giusti   Gino Antonio Focacci , engineer, and Anna Maria Focacci , a degree in agriculture, specializing in oenology.

The 125 hectares of the Municipality of Montalcino are divided into 12 hectares of vineyards, 30 to olive groves, 60 arable and the rest in the forest. In local ty Observance, near Montalcino, the seat of the cellar , with local aging completely buried.

The vineyards are located in the heart of the Brunello di Montalcino, adjacent to the municipal seal. Pruning determines vineyards in a very low yield, focusing the energies of the plant in a few and precious grapes. The vineyards were progressively enlarged and renovated to improve the quality of the wines produced, combining the most advanced techniques to the best traditions.

The hand-picked grapes are strictly selected; only one of them will be used to produce the Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino. Quality is the main focus of this winery.

Every year produced 50,000 bottles of Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino of 20,000. A low production dictated by the determination to emphasize the unique flavor of this land and make it known in the world.

All this has been possible thanks to the commitment and dedication of those who preceded us: mom Jane, Aunt Ernesta and father Edward.

Perfect Pairings:

Brunello pairs charmingly with very structured dishes such as roasts, game, stews, aged cheeses, but is also considered a great sipping wine.

Our Sourcing Team discovered this family-run operation in Tuscany a few vintages back at VinItaly, and in a short spell Bartoli Giusti has become our best-selling supplier of Brunello di Montalcino. These guys make an incredible, molto autentico example of this wine—Tuscany’s most aristocratic offering. And, thanks to our Direct Import, this Brunello is available for a pittance, considering the wine’s place of origin and the care going into each and every gorgeous bottle.

Bartoli Giusti sources their limited-production Brunello from meticulously selected plots of 100% Sangiovese. The family farms nine hectares of vines growing at 300 feet above sea level, within the Tenuta Comunali in the heart of the Brunello di Montalcino zone. After aging the wine in Slavonian barrels for three years and an additional year in the bottle—a step necessary for tempering the naturally powerful tannins of Sangio grown in these historic hills—theirs is a wine displaying all of the exotic wonder of the appellation. We’re talking sweet black cherry fruit, fresh juicy acidity, sleek tannins and subtle hints of warming cedar, smoke, savory earth and a whiff of woodland flowers.

This is a winter red made for a truly special home-cooked meal. Its refinement calls for slow-roasted meats or a long-simmering Bolognese. For those Members who have hidden somewhere in their kitchen a manual press for fresh pasta—this is ample incentive for giving that bad boy a much-needed spin!

Reasons why we love it:

The Bartoli’s roots run deep in this zone. This family has been making wine in this hilltop village for four generations. Only in the last few years, and thanks to our Direct Import, has it been available to connoisseurs in the U.S.

In the production of this Brunello grapes are hand picked, and the fruit is macerated on the skins for 14-16 days to bring out the optimum flavor and aroma.

Vinous says of the 2011 vintage in Montalcino: “The best 2011 Brunellos are racy, open-knit and seductive, all qualities that make them well-suited for near to medium-term drinking. While the Wine Enthusiast notes: “Overall, the wines have an immediate, juicy appeal that exceeded my expectations from what was a difficult, torrid growing season. The best show some staying power, and more than a few display unexpected complexity.”

The 2011 Brunello from Bartoli Giusti, our favorite Tuscan producer, is showing very well at such a young age, but will clearly evolve in your cellar over the next 15-20 years.  Red berries and spice blend nicely with a firm structure and fresh acidity, leading to a lengthy and dry finish.  Enjoy now through 2030. - DZ Dec 2016

94 Insider Points

Deep ruby red color. Elegant and powerful at the same time with inviting perfumes of red berries and clean freshness, complex and balanced. It presents a good concentration on the mid-palate and a persistent aftertaste, with a rounded and voluptuous body, and interesting, silky tannins.

For centuries the family Bartoli Giusti growing vines to produce one of the most famous wines and precious in the world, Brunello di Montalcino. Ancient maps found during the reconstruction works of the cellars testify to the company's business in the early '700. The Company is managed by brothers Bartoli Giusti   Gino Antonio Focacci , engineer, and Anna Maria Focacci , a degree in agriculture, specializing in oenology.

The 125 hectares of the Municipality of Montalcino are divided into 12 hectares of vineyards, 30 to olive groves, 60 arable and the rest in the forest. In local ty Observance, near Montalcino, the seat of the cellar , with local aging completely buried.

The vineyards are located in the heart of the Brunello di Montalcino, adjacent to the municipal seal. Pruning determines vineyards in a very low yield, focusing the energies of the plant in a few and precious grapes. The vineyards were progressively enlarged and renovated to improve the quality of the wines produced, combining the most advanced techniques to the best traditions.

The hand-picked grapes are strictly selected; only one of them will be used to produce the Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino. Quality is the main focus of this winery.

Every year produced 50,000 bottles of Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino of 20,000. A low production dictated by the determination to emphasize the unique flavor of this land and make it known in the world.

All this has been possible thanks to the commitment and dedication of those who preceded us: mom Jane, Aunt Ernesta and father Edward.

Brunello pairs charmingly with very structured dishes such as roasts, game, stews, aged cheeses, but is also considered a great sipping wine.