94pts WA - The Gianni Brunelli estate may be the best little winery in Montalcino you’ve never heard of! Traditionally these wines are snapped up by NYC restaurants before they make retail shelves, so while the profile has been lower than other estates, the quality is extraordinarily high. With two small vineyards Podernovone and Le Chiuse near the township of Montalcino, this tiny estate encompasses just 6 hectares. The soil of Podernovone, made up of calcareous-marly schists, reflects light and heat to the grapes. The different climate of the two properties (fresh and airy at Le Chiuse di Sotto with a lot of rain in the summer and warmer and ventilated at Podernovone) results in complex and elegant wines. These are wines of traditional elegance that are aged exclusively in large Slavonian oak. Indigenous yeast is used to bring floral, ethereal notes to these wines.