BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
2012 Podere Giodo di Ferrini Carlo
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The nose here is deeper, darker and more indulgent that the Rosso. The great weight of fruit here is more savoury and evolved with mint, meat, spice and then there's damson, a perky cherry-skin zip adds lift and energy. Palate quite tight, rich acid core, fruit is wound in but there, then more spice, woodland fruits too. There's a nicely structured backbone and good power and drive. This is elegant, fresh cigar notes and wood spice. Meaty too and there is that soft licorice once more. Good length - impressive stuff. L&S (Apr 2017)
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Podere Giodo di Ferrini Carlo
Famed oenologist Carlo Ferrini who's stellar career has seen him consulting at some of the greatest estates in Italy has finally put down some roots of his own. Putting his full effort and expertise, his heart and soul - into his own winery in Montalcino. Named after his parents 'Giovanna and Donatello' - Giodo is small, just 3.5 Hectares - but perfectly formed.
Carlo spent many years looking for the best spot for his own venture. Just south of the town of Montalcino he found Giodo. South-east facing, gentle slopes, perfectly exposed to the morning and early afternoon sun, where through rigorous selection he has planted 15 different clones of Sangiovese, all selected for their quality of fruit and their low yields. All perfectly suited to this ideal site.
With limited production and incredible provenance, it is no surprise that these wines are in huge demand and heavily oversubscribed.
We are delighted to be the UK's importer for this very special estate - not just because of our respect for the pedigree of Carlo Ferrini - but because they are fantastic wines.
The maestro has finally put his name on the bottle and these wines are full of class and pedigree.
Carlo Ferrini has now put three vintages of Giodo under his belt. This is the consulting enologist's personal property in Montalcino. Carlo felt the need to stretch his creative muscles and this avowed “Sangiovesista” set his sights on Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is not as dense or rich as the two previous vintages released. This wine offers a subdued and streamlined personality that pegs it closer to classic Sangiovese without the exuberance - and irresistible controversy - that we can expect from this talented Tuscan winemaker. In fact, the wine shows little of Carlo's personal style that prizes density, opulence and concentration. Wild berry, pressed violets and spice rise from the bouquet. The wine is firm, delineated, muscular and powerful in terms of textural finesse. I feel confident of its aging potential. The mouthfeel will flesh out further with more time in the bottle. That said, I admit to feeling nostalgic for the grandeur and opulence that I associate with Carlo's vast portfolio of great wines. Go for it Carlo! Show us your stuff. This is a bashful vintage that I don't associate with your signature style. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 94 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Feb 2017)
Fascinating plum, light chocolate and citrus undertones. Medium to full body, medium, velvety tannins and a soft and medium-fruity finish. All in reserve and balance. A wine to get. Drink or hold. Rating: 96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2016)
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