2010 La Gerla "Riserva gli Angeli" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1309194 96 points James Suckling

 Very fresh and aromatic with flowers, blueberries, dried cherries, oyster shell and seaweed. Full-bodied, tight and poised. Compressed palate. Very long and powerful yet very fine and fresh. This is getting better and better in the bottle. Drink or hold.  (10/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Pure cherry, rose and raspberry aromas and flavors are expressive in this complex, ripe Brunello. Hints of leather, tobacco, mineral and spice lay in wait, but this is all about the fresh fruit at this stage. Very harmonious, yet with plenty of structure. Long on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2032. (BS)  (6/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Rose, iris, perfumed berry, tilled soil and a whiff of menthol are just some of the aromas you'll find on this elegantly structured red. The full-bodied palate offers ripe black cherry, crushed raspberry, clove, anise and dried herb alongside youthfully austere but refined tannins. Hold for more complexity. Drink 2025-2035. (KO)  (5/2016)

93 points Vinous

 Dark cherry, plum, smoke, savory herbs, licorice and cedar make a strong first impression in La Gerla's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Gli Angeli. The bouquet alone is entrancing. Mysterious, deep and totally seductive, the 2010 possesses remarkable depth and tons of nuance. With time in the glass, the Riserva shows riper, more exotic notes. This is an especially virile Brunello, but the tannins aren't that imposing, which means the 2010 will drink well with just a few more years in bottle. (AG)  (2/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gli Angeli shows a plump and round side to the often austere 2010 vintage. This wine is slightly more influenced by baking spice and sweet oak. It is more approachable as a result. It will appeal to those looking for a Brunello Riserva from this celebrated vintage to drink in the medium or long term. The wine is generously redolent of dark cherry, tobacco and spice. It shows yielding textural richness and a generous, opulent personality. (ML)  (3/2016)

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


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Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.