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The Heralded, Classic 2019 Vintage in Brunello
– Stunning Balance
– Likely Our Only 2019 Brunello Offer So Stock Up!

Gianni Bernazzi
Got 100 Points for His 2010 Assunto Riserva 
– Consistently High Scores
– A Modern Master of the High Altitude, Elegant Style of Brunello
– An Absolute Star
Comparable Fruit Density, Elegance and Balance to Our Top Cornas…
– At Half the Price
If you Buy Northern Rhone Reds, You Should try These Wines – Dense But Elegant 

2019 Brunello di Montalcino Bernazzi
95 Points (JS)
– The Best Grapes Sourced from a Single Vineyard
– Nose Leaps from the Glass
– Laserlike Tendrils of Blackberry
– Blackberry Licorice
– Integrated Spice
Fruit Delineation Is Remarkable
– Wake the Dead Level of Energy
– Palate: Unreal
Elegant Textural Cling You Get from High End Burgundy
– Fresh Crushed Wild Blackberries
– Elegant Wild Blackberry Acidity
– So Fresh and Precise
– Elegant Touch of Richness
– A Mere Touch of Cassis as Well
Elite Balance
– Has the Structure and Balance to Age for Decades
A Steal at $39.99 – As Good as Much High End Rhone We Sell at 2x the Price

– Terrific With Food
 You WILL Drink A Case of This Over the Next 2 Years

mail _1_.jpegThat’s the first point in the corner of the 2019 vintage; this is a year where the entire region excelled, from southwest to east and northeast to west. Frankly stated, finding a 2019 that doesn’t show remarkable balance, vivid fruit and freshness is a difficult task. In my opinion, this is always a mark of a great year. The highs are exceptionally high, and the lows are few and far between. What’s more, this is a year where many lesser wines excelled, making picking out a 2019 Brunello a relatively easy affair.” Eric Guido, Vinous

The Michaelangelo of Montalcino – Altitude Matters
As we all know, Michaelangelo was perhaps the greatest marble sculptor humanity has even produced. His Pieta and David are two of the greatest sculptures ever made. His genius was to take the huge brutal blocks of marble and turn them into the most elegant works that expressed the human condition. The anguish of Mary cradling the body of her dead son. The confidence of a young David.  

When people think of modern Brunello Di Montalcino, I get the sense that they feel that Brunellos are a bit brooding and dark. Of course, there are well know Brunellos that are quite elegant but people who buy say Cornas don’t buy much Brunello. This is a huge mistake.  

Because Brunello is such a newly important wine region, I think that it is less well understood than it should be. Barolo drinkers can name their favorite vineyards. In Brunello it’s all just one giant blob. Which is unfortunate because as a wine drinker you can’t really have any idea about a wine unless you taste it or read about it. 

As we look at Brunello, we first look at the altitude of the vineyards. In short, for us, higher is better. The higher vineyards are slightly cooler and tend to be better cooled at night.  

A modern master of this high altitude, elegant style is Gianni Bernazzi. We first met Gianni pre pandemic in a brutal period in his life. His grandfather and mentor had just died and he was struggling to run a one man show. On our recent visit, he has come into his own. His wines are better than ever, critically acclaimed and he is a young star in Brunello.  

If you enjoy the precise fruit and complexity of our best Northern Rhone wines you need to buy these wines. They are stunning values and utterly spectacular.  

The Wine
Today we are offering the 2019 Bellaria Brunello di Montalcino Bernazzi for $39.99 each on a 4 pack. This wine got 95 points from Suckling. This wine is named after Gianni’s beloved grandfather and these are the best grapes sourced from a single vineyard.  

The nose leaps from the glass. Laserlike tendrils of blackberry flavor penetrate the nostrils. A second wave of blackberry licorice follows a moment later. The fruit delineation on this wine is remarkable. Stunning integrated spice. It has that wake the dead level of energy. Wow!  

The palate is unreal. The first thing that you notice is the texture. You get that elegant cling that you get from high end Burgundy. Clinging silk in a gently but direct caress. The fruit is fresh crushed wild blackberries. The acidity is the kind of acidity you only get in wild blackberries. The ones that are the size of small cones, not the big blobby ones we get in the store. It’s so fresh and precise it’s hard to believe you are drinking a 5 year old bottle of wine. There’s also this elegant touch of richness that is so well woven into the fruit you hardly notice it’s there. There’s just a mere touch of cassis as well. The balance here is utterly elite. It’s very hard to get balance linked this in a wine that has fruit like this. 

This wine has the structure and balance to age for decades.

I’m not sure what else I can say other that Gianni is an absolute star. He is a leading light among the next generation of winemakers in Brunello. He has the scores to back it up and it’s a matter of time before prices double or more.  

Please call Cheryl at 949 378 5251 with your order if you are a first time customer (we prefer not to receive credit card numbers over E-Mail).

I love drinking and selecting wines – but my passion for teaching people about wine is almost as big. I’m happy to announce a block of time each day where people can call me just to chat about wine in general. These blocks are NOT intended to sell wine (I do that all day). This is to talk to me about wine pairings or great producers or how long to age wines or styles of wine making or the latest wine controversy. My goal is to help people learn more about wine and enjoy it more. Call me at 917-912-4355 from 4-7EST Monday – Friday.

2019 Bellaria Brunello di Montalcino Assunto – $41.99
$159.96 4-pack) (VERY LIMITED)

This Offer is Not Available to Retailers, Wholesalers or Restaurants

Shipping will be charged when wine ships.

These will be shipped in the Fall of 2024


Previous Offers Still Open

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