Full Pull Brunello

Hello friends. Because of our list’s long, steady support for San Felice, we have access today to one of the crown jewels of the estate, on a container that is just set to hit the dock in Seattle this week:

2012 San Felice Brunello di Montalcino Campogiovanni

Wine Spectator (Bruce Sanderson): “In a traditional style, showing beefy tannins and savory earth notes, with a core of leather and cherry flavors. Shows some sweetness midpalate and picks up energy on the long finish. Hangs together, ending in an uplifting, resonant manner. Best from 2021 through 2036. 96pts.”

That review, which turned up in the March 22 Wine Spectator Insider, essentially sold the wine out in Seattle before the can even landed in the port. Fortunately we have a nice little parcel with our name on it. The review is a big deal because a) the only other time Campogiovanni earned a 96pt review from Spectator (the 2006 vintage, in 2011), it ended up as the #4 wine in Spectator’s year-end Top 100 list; and b) this is as strong a review as any 2012 Brunello has received yet from Spectator (they’ve reviewed 43 of them).

To date, we’ve mostly focused on San Felice’s glorious Chianti portfolio, but they also quietly own a 65-hectare estate called Campogiovanni, on the southwestern side of Montalcino, deep in the heart of Brunello country. They purchased the estate in the early ‘80s, when Brunello was still a sleepy category, and have carefully tended it since. Twenty of the hectares are planted to vines (and fourteen of those twenty are used for Brunello production), and the remainder in olives and forest. It looks like this. [Sigh. Must visit.]

This is a traditional Brunello, aged for about three years mostly in large, neutral Slavonian botti before spending another year in bottle. Because of the feeding frenzy effect, waiting and trying to score a sample bottle is not going to be possible. Given the quality of the producer and the consistency of previous vintages, I’m confident this will deliver the goods as expected.

We have to submit our own request on Wednesday morning. Please try to get all order requests in by Tuesday night, so that we can advocate for a parcel that accurately reflects our members’ wishes. And note: this one is unlikely to be available for reorder. Please limit order requests to 4 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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