To all Best Winers,
Don’t look now but the holidays are upon us. November is a week away (where has this year gone?) and our thoughts will soon turn towards giving, giving and giving some more.
After almost a quarter century in the business, I can unequivocally state that one of the most popular wines to give (and receive) at this time of year is Brunello di Montalcino.
- It’s cool to say
- It’s Italian. And giving Italian stuff is cool.
- It has a sterling reputation in the wine world
- It’s got some age on it so folks can usually drink it straight away
- It’s generally pricey, giving that “I got something really cool and pricey!” vibe.
So, with those bullet points in mind, we’d like to help kick start your holiday check list as well as the check list for your personal cellar by offering up a crazy great deal on a world class Brunello di Montalcino, from one of the zone’s top producers, in a great vintage at a heavily discounted price.
Sound good? Thought so.
San Felice is one of the storied names in Tuscan wine. They own several estates throughout the region, including their home estate in Tuscany, as well as properties that produce what were previously known as “Super-Tuscan” wines (now “I.G.T.”, short for Indicazione Geografica Tipica).
But perhaps their consistently finest estate is Campogiovanni, located on some prime real estate on the southwest corner of the Montalcino hill. San Felice purchased this property before Brunello wines were a ‘thing’ and were rewarded for their foresight with the success this wine has enjoyed.
The wine itself is totally traditional, from its cool, retro black label to the extremely fine wine inside the bottle. As is the rule for Montalcino wines, this bottling is 100% Sangiovese Grosso (what the locals call ‘Brunello’ due to the grapes brownish hue) and the winery does little to ‘muck’ with that glorious fruit, aging the entire production in the classically Tuscan, large wooden botte grande, those large oak barrels that you see in all the old photos from the area.
In 2007 this wine is a certified blockbuster. Incredibly rich, incredibly powerful, incredibly refined, it captures the deep, oozing fruit of the sunny 2007 vintage, bolstered by the firm, chewy yet ripe tannins of the Sangiovese grown in these parts. I loved it, and for me it is the finest wine from here since I honestly don’t know when, 1997 maybe?
Antonio Galloni considered it the finest he’s tasted, noting, “The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Campogiovanni is a huge wine bursting with dark red cherries, plums, licorice, new leather and spices. This is an especially big, voluminous style built on extroverted fruit and sheer richness, but it all works. 92 points”
James Suckling chimed in as well. He’s had a long track record of tasting Campogiovanni so his 94 point score and tasting note, “Impressive depth of fruit on the nose, with dark berries, flowers and blueberries. Full-bodied, with a core of fruit that is impressive and sensual. Silky tannins. Long, long finish.” should not go unnoticed.
Campogiovanni’s 2007 Brunello generally carries a ‘traditional’ retail price tag of $60, which is common for Brunello working at this quality level. We’re knocking almost 40% off that price while our stocks last.
Also take note of a couple other top-scoring beauties from the super-great 2006 vintage that we are close to finishing. The 2006 Agostina Pieri (Galloni 94) and the 2006 La Velona (also a Galloni 94) can both be had for under $40.
What’re you waiting for? Give the gift of Brunello, but maybe stash a few for yourself while you’re at it, huh?
Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon, Proprietors, BestWinesOnline.com