Florentine real-estate broker Roberto Giannelli purchased San Filippo in 2003, knowing nothing about winemaking. Many sleepless nights and calls to vintner friends ensued, along with investment in the vineyards and cellar. Within a decade, the winery began producing excellent Brunello. On a plateau southeast of the town of Montalcino, San Filippo’s 25 acres of vineyards are 1,155 to 1,320 feet in elevation. The Le Lucére parcel is 6 prime acres, east-facing, with schist soils and 25-year-old vines. The wine is fermented in stainless steel, undergoes malolactic conversion in cement, then ages one year in 225-liter, 500-liter and 600-liter barrels. It spends another 14 to 16 months in large casks and one year in bottle before release.
Effusive aromas of black currant, blueberry, violet and iron mark this expressive red. Supple and harmonious, with a firm backbone of tannins that are refined and integrated. Shows terrific length and complexity. Best from 2023 through 2043. 650 cases imported.—Bruce Sanderson
- Special Designation:
- Tuscany, Italy
- Issue Date:
- June 30, 2020