Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino 2017
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino|
One of the best wines of the vintage, this stunner opens with compelling aromas of new leather, forest floor, perfumed berry and menthol. Full-bodied and elegantly structured, the delicious palate delivers crushed raspberry, ripe Marasca cherry, baking spice and licorice set against firm, refined tannins. It boasts remarkable freshness and balance for the hot vintage. Drink 2025-2032.
Wild herbs, crushed pomegranates, dusty rose and savory spice define the wildly exotic 2017 Brunello di Montalcino. Its textures are silky and pliant, but with a vibrant streak of acidity and mineral tones that add a more grippy yet jovial feel, as potent red fruits and lavender tones slowly saturate toward the close. Fine tannins come forward through the medium-length finale, as this tapers off to hints of sour citrus, rose and clove. I've watched the 2017 improve in bottle after first tasting it in Montalcino in July, and then again in New York City in the fall of 2021. The evolution is striking, as is the balance that Le Chiuse has obtained from the 2017 vintage.
Offers key themes of black cherry, blackberry and violet aromas and flavors, with mineral, tobacco and bitter almond accents. Solidly built, with dense tannins expanding on the finish. Overall, there is a sense of elegance here, with a silkiness and persistence. Best from 2025 through 2042. 2,500 cases made, 600 cases imported.