2012 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino 375 ml

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92+
Vinous Media: 92+
James Suckling: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

"The cherry, milk chocolate, olive, tobacco and earth flavors are backed by dense tannins. The long finish shows enough fruit and balance for the long term. Best from 2020 through 2035. 3,800 cases made.–BS " (WS)

"The La Gerla 2012 Brunello di Montalcino reminds me of the vintage that precedes it (although I like this edition better). Like with the 2011 vintage, this estate has done a great job in capturing as much of the primary fruit as possible, given the warm vintage conditions. Dark fruit with black currant and wild blueberry come into focus. Those fruit tones are aged and evolved for sure, but they don't show tired or flat characteristics at this point. Delicate notes of cola, licorice and blue flower add complexity. The tannic presence is reduced and the mouthfeel delivers silkiness and softness instead. La Gerla puts its Brunello annata into large oak casks for three years. This Brunello is ready to drink now.

Alberto Passeri of La Gerla farms vineyards in two zones. Six hectares are located in the northern Canalicchio area. This is where the winery and the single-vineyard Vigna gli Angeli are located. This site was developed by Franco Biondi Santi, the property's previous owner, in the 1970s. La Gerla has an additional six hectares near the Abbazia di Sant'Antimo (in the south). The Canalicchio soils in the north are thick and deep, but vineyards to the south are more alkaline in character. Both are located 350 to 400 meters above sea level. They both complement each other. Alberto tells me fruit from the Castelnuovo dell'Abate area (to the south) ripened very successfully even in the difficult 2014 vintage. In fact, the 2014 Brunello di Montalcino sees all of its fruit from there, although production was reduced. However, the 2014 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva gli Angeli was not produced because that vineyard was not able to reach full ripeness in the cold vintage." (WA)

"Deep red. Spicy aromas of redcurrant, cherry, mocha and licorice. Chewy and firmly tannic, offering spicy red cherry and milk chocolate flavors sexed up by a strongly flinty, almost smoky element. The noble tannins gain strength on the finish, which feature outstanding length and insidious sweetness." (VM)

"Tangy and fresh with blueberries, black cherries and hints of cream aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. " (JS)

"Chopped herb, wild berry, spice and truffle aromas slowly take shape in the glass. The palate shows both concentration and elegance, offering fleshy raspberry, crushed cherry, licorice and crushed mint flavors, bolstered by firm but refined tannins. Drink 2019–2027." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Sergio Rossi fell in love with the Montalcino area a very long time ago, by pure chance he was able to purchase the original 6.5 Ha estate in 1976 form Biondi Santi. It's located on the North slope of Montalcino and his first vintage of La Gerla Brunello was 1978. The farm dates back over 600 years and was slowly renovated; today the wines preserve the traditional style of Brunello, but no expense was spared updating the cellars and equipment to stay current with the improvements in wine making. In 1988 Sergio added 5 Ha of vineyards from the Southern part of Brunello DOCG, just outside the village of Castelnuovo dell'Abate. La Gerla now blends the two sites to produce a very complex and age-worthy line up of Brunellos. La Gerla wines are very elegant and showcase the floral, savory character of Brunello, aged exclusively in large Slavonian oak casks for 24 months. Viticulture is strict with green harvesting in the spring prior to verasion, today between 5500 and 5800 cases are produced at the estate from the 11.5 Ha.