2012 Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 'Diecanni'

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2012 Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 'Diecanni' 

This is a special treat, and I'm so grateful to the folks at Le Chiuse for kindly sending this sample for review. Released 10 years after the vintage, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Diecianni gives us a concrete opportunity to measure the longevity of bottle-aged Brunello. The bottles are numbered by hand, and I tasted number 343. I was not initially a believer in the long-term merits of the 2012 vintage, but this stunning bottle has changed my mind. Sangiovese can age with grace and care, and that's what this wine teaches us. Aromas of wild berry, dried current, red orange, earth and rusty nail converge with precision. The wine's color is vibrant and bright despite the nearly 10 years of age, and the mouthfeel is light and radiant in intensity. There is a lot of aspiration in this wine, and I think you'll be inspired. Unfortunately, only 2,000 bottles were held back for release. 97/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Monica Larner)

One of my favorite wines in this report is the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Diecianni from Le Chiuse. Starting with the 2010 vintage, this estate has been holding back a small part of their production to release 10 years after the harvest. I wish more producers in Montalcino would commit to similar late-release programs. Lorenzo Magnelli and his team are biodynamic farmers, and the winery has been organic for 15 years.

This red is beginning to find its sweet spot, revealing mushroom, leather, fading cherry, berry, earth and mineral aromas and flavors. Still firm, with fine equilibrium and an expansive finish that has freshness and grip. Begs for braised beef, Bolognese or wild boar ragù. Drink now through 2037. 700 cases made, 100 cases imported. 97/100 WineSpectator (Bruce Sanderson)

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