Gianni Brunelli was a hometown hero. His father had sold the family's Montalcino vineyard, Le Chiuse di Sotto, and Gianni had gone to Siena, where he ran a very successful restaurant, Osteria Le Logge, near Piazza del Campo. It's a pretty famous spot, filled with wine and food lovers from around the world. People say, "Se vai a Siena vai a mangiare dal Brunelli," or "When in Siena you must eat at Brunelli's." And they are not wrong. But Gianni longed to return to his Montalcino home, and in 1987, he did. Gianni bought back his family's old vineyard, and ten years later he and his wife, Laura, purchased an additional property in Sant'Antimo. They farmed the estate organically, quietly made wine, happily served it at the restaurant, and bottled the rest to sell.
Sadly, Gianni passed away in 2008, but Laura continues in her husband's footsteps, and aided by Paolo Vagaggini, the estate has ensured Gianni's legacy. Gianni Brunelli makes low production wines that sing with the terroir of Montalcino--that inexpressible mélange of crushed chestnuts, rose petals, cypress needles, warm earth and wild berries that wafts around every genuine Brunello. Today, I'm very happy to offer you a new allocation of the estate's 2011 Brunello, a beautifully made traditional wine, and a delicious accompaniment to your fall and winter meals. Best of all, this wine is priced at under $60 a bottle, making it an affordable luxury.
Along with this lush, brooding Brunello, I'm very happy to present a strictly limited allocation of a historic wine from Montevertine, the home of the collector Sangiovese bottling Le Pergole Torte: Montevertine 1991 Il Novantuno di Sergio Manetti. In this vintage, Sergio Manetti decided not to bottle his iconic Le Pergole Torte, making this wine in its place. 25 years later, this wine is just coming into its own--and it is gorgeous! Finally, life's celebrations have a way of sneaking up on you. Be ready with Roger Coulon's Brut Réserve de l'Hommée. This grower Champagne is so good it's reason enough to celebrate!