In the dream 2016 vintage in Montalcino, experts would tell you to do the sensible. Of course you should grab a couple bottles of cellar worthy Brunello, but the ‘Baby Brunello’ Rosso di Montalcinos can easy easily provide some of the best values of the vintage in the small Tuscan commune. I find that’s the case with the Lo Scorno Rosso from San Filippo and superstar winemaker Paolo Caciorgna. This one is super energetic with intense aromas of fresh red fruits and baking spice. On the palate, it is full-bodied and terrifically balanced.
98 Pts, James Suckling – 96 Pts, Wine Spectator
This is one of those bottles of wine that you wish you could just check in on every so often and see what’s going on with it. It’s a tremendous wine and easily one of the standouts of Montalcino in the super hot 2012 vintage. Even with a few years of age to it already, this one is still incredibly youthful but still shows wonderful precision that keeps this big boy completely dialed in. I love the weight and structure that this Sangiovese is showing right now. An absolute beauty to have in the cellar. This one is a must for serious Italian wine collectors.
The 2019 Brunori ‘Le Gemme’ Verdichio is a total knock-out. About a billion times better than every-day Pinot Grigio, the Brunori is an electric, vibrant white wine which combines delicious fruit and vibrancy with boasts a killer nose of white peach, honeycomb and almonds. The fruit is wonderfully concentrated with a salty, stony finish that goes forever.
93 Pts, Wine Enthusiast – 93 Pts, Jeb Dunnuck – 92 Pts Wine Advocate
Critics were unanimous in their admiration of this wine, with three separate reviewers lofting generous 92+ scores for this treat of a Pinot Noir. Parker’s Wine Advocate singled out it’s “lovely freshness and spice” as did Wine Enthusiast in their 93-point review. But Jeb Dunnuck summed up this wine, as well as so many classic from Jensen over the years when he finished with, “it’s beautifully textured, balanced, and just a joy to drink. It’s well worth its going rate and should be snatched up by readers”.