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Giodo: Heart and soul Brunello and more

 

Master winemaker, and pioneer of the Super-Tuscan movement, Carlo Ferrini pours heart and soul into his brilliant, brooding Giodo wines. New to Langton’s, these are essential additions for any pilgrim to the altar of Brunello. Here, Langton’s Head of International Buying Jesper Kjaersgaard explains just what makes the wines of Giodo such a find.

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Carlo Ferrini is a name all lovers of Italian wine need to know, and not just because he now has a 100-point wine (courtesy of James Suckling). He’s one of the most revered names in Tuscany and it is because of the reputation he’s forged over many years.

 

‘...a name all lovers of Italian wine need to know...one of the key drivers behind the Super-Tuscan movement.’

 

In fact he first came to prominence as the Technical Director of the Chianti Classico Consorzio, a status built on when he became the consultant to some of the most highly regarded wineries in Tuscany. He was in fact one of the key drivers behind the Super-Tuscan movement. He’s won several high-level winemaking awards and is commonly described as a ‘master’.

Most importantly here though, in 2000 Ferrini had the opportunity to purchase a pristine piece of land at the southern end of Montalcino. It’s called Giodo, a name derived from his parents ‘Gio’vanna and ‘Do’natello. Giodo is his ‘passion project’. Since 2000 he has accumulated 5.5ha of planted vineyards, 2.5ha of classified Brunello and 3ha of Sangiovese destined for his IGT Toscana wine, La Quinta (his fifth vineyard). The aim of La Quinta is to showcase a different and more immediate Sangiovese character than the superbly majestic Brunello.

 

‘The 2016 Brunello is a wine of immense presence...one of the best wines I’ve tried in the last few years.’

 

In our first release we have this superb 2016 Brunello (the 100-point Suckling wine) and the highly energetic 2019 La Quinta. 

The 2016 Brunello is a wine of immense presence. It commands you from the first sniff; both grape material and vintage show their full class. This wine spent 30 months in large casks (500-700 litre) followed by additional time in concrete before resting in bottle for a further 18 months. 

This Brunello is one of the best wines I’ve tried in the last few years. 

It has very quickly risen to the top as one of the best and most sought-after Brunelli on the market.

 

‘...vibrant, pure and elegant; it is the pure essence of Sangiovese.’

 

The 2019 La Quinta comes from younger vines (7-12 years old) and spends 12 months in 700-2500 ltr oak barrels. It is a brilliant wine; if ever there was a wine with the Ferrini stamp on it, the La Quinta would be it. It’s vibrant, pure and elegant; it is the pure essence of Sangiovese.  

In 2016, Carlo - in his pursuit of purity and elegance - also released a Nerello Mascalese wine from Etna, Sicily called Alberelli di Giodo. The vines for this wine are grown at 950 meters altitude and are 80-100 years old. The wine matures for 12 months in 5hl casks. It shows extreme purity and minerality - it has everything you want in a Top-tier Nerello Mascalese. 

Which is something you can say of all of Carlo Ferrini’s wines. They have everything you could want of their type. Carlo is renowned as a ‘master’ for good reason.

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2018 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay

View of Montalcino town from the Fortress, Tuscany, Italy.

 

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