In an ideal location in Northern Montalcino near Biondi Santi’s Il Greppo and La Serena, sits San Filippo Estate. Founded in 1972, the estate has become a whole other animal, since Roberto Giannelli took over more than 15 years ago and transferred the winery into one of the best in the region.
Said Robert Parker Jr. about the transformation, “San Filippo is home to some of the best boutique Brunello today. This wasn’t always the case, and I am thrilled to have witnessed the growth of this promising estate throughout the years. The quality of the product has made quantum leaps since I first tasted the wines more than a decade ago.”
Much of their success can be attributed to Gianelli going out and hiring one of the best Italian winemakers in the business, Paolo Caciorgna who Giannelli lured over from Altesino and making wine for Sting. But in the fabulous 2016 vintage in Brunello, even Caciorgna would tell you that there was very little to do beside take everything a dream vintage like that gives you and try not to mess it up. He did better than that.
The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is a big, loud wine with juicy red fruits, intense aromas and aided by a wonderful spicy component. On the palate, it is full-bodied and terrifically balanced. Released at $30/btl, we’re 1/3 off that price today… on bottle 1!
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