On this 6ha vineyard, 15 year-old cordon spur-trained Sangiovese Grosso vines are planted at a density of 4,500 plants/ha. The grapes are harvested by hand in the last week of September, are then crushed and transferred to tank by gravity. The Brunello endures 18 days maceration / fermentation period (29C) with natural yeasts and frequent punch-down of the cap during the first week to promote extraction. The wine is then racked 2/3 times until March, when it is transferred to oak. The aging process takes 3 years in 20HL Allier and Slavonian botte followed by 2 years in bottle. 14,000 bottles produced.
Le Chiuse Brunello is a clear wine, bright garnet red in colour. It has an intense persistent fragrance, pure and full-bodied. Various fragrances can be recognize, from forest fruits to light vanilla. To the taste the wine is smooth and elegant, dry with an excellent persistent of aroma. It ages well, improving with time. It should be served at a temperature of 18-20°C, the bottle having been left in a warm place for at least 24 hours and uncorked several hours before serving. Every vintage has its own determining characteristics and features. In the best vintages, 20% of the production is seat to age in our cellars for a further year thereby becoming "Reserve"." --Simonetta Valiani
Score: 96 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
Top 100 Cellar Selections Wines for 2017 - #29
Darkskinned berry, forest floor, pipe tobacco, new leather and balsamic notes float out of the glass. On the elegantly structured palate, taut, polished tannins and vibrant acidity frame ripe red cherry, exotic spice and aromatic herb flavors. A lingering star anise note announces the close. Impeccably balanced and loaded with class, its still young and needs time to fully develop. Drink 20222037.
Score: 94 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Charming and open, this red exudes cherry, strawberry and rose aromas and flavors. Remains elegant overall despite the firm, ripe tannins underneath. Approachable now, yet this should develop well over the next decade. Best from 2019 through 2032
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
Simonetta Valiani's Le Chiuse shows very nice results in this vintage. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino opens relatively quickly after being poured into the glass. It opens to soft aromas of ripe cherry and dark fruit with leather, tobacco and spice at the back. The wine is shapely, supple and shows soft contours. This is an approachable Brunello that can easily be consumed in the near-term with local Tuscan dishes or oven-roasted pasta. You could wait to celar-age this wine, but why bother? It drinks very nicely just out of the gate. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027.
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