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La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Angeli 2003

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"The single-vineyard Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Gli Angeli is made in a concentrated style that sits on the razor's edge of over ripeness. A big, full- bodied Brunello, it offers tons of jammy fruit and sweet toasted oak along with tobacco, chocolate, leather, spice and underbrush nuances that develop in the glass. In this vintage the wine has a somewhat ponderous, heavy quality that causes it to fall short of the superb 2001. Although the 2003 Vigna Gli Angeli offers outstanding balance, I slightly preferred the regular bottling for its greater vibrancy and freshness. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2015." -Wine Advocate "Wonderfully fruity on the nose, with strawberry and raspberry. Slightly jammy. Full-bodied, soft and round, with juicy tannins and a long, fruity, creamy vanilla aftertaste. Best after 2010. 465 cases made." -90 points Wine Spectator "Loose grape pressing; temperature controlled during (30°C), macro oxygenation, fermentation and 15 days maceration; 2 every year rackings, slow continuous flow bottling with inverter system in sterilized conditions. Ages for 4 years, 3 of which are in Slavonian wood casks of 50-100 Hl, then 8 months in bottle." "The wine is an intense ruby color verging on garnet. On the nose, it is dry, warm, harmonious, velvety, steady in body and heart. On the palate, this is ethereal, melting into scents of sweet violet and iris, recalling the berries growing in the woods. Pair with red meats and game. Keep the bottle upright at room temperature for at least 24 hours. Uncork it two hours before and serve decanted in a carafe." -Winery

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Varietal: Sangiovese
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"The single-vineyard Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Gli Angeli is made in a concentrated style that sits on the razor's edge of over ripeness. A big, full- bodied Brunello, it offers tons of jammy fruit and sweet toasted oak along with tobacco, chocolate, leather, spice and underbrush nuances that develop in the glass. In this vintage the wine has a somewhat ponderous, heavy quality that causes it to fall short of the superb 2001. Although the 2003 Vigna Gli Angeli offers outstanding balance, I slightly preferred the regular bottling for its greater vibrancy and freshness. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2015." -Wine Advocate "Wonderfully fruity on the nose, with strawberry and raspberry. Slightly jammy. Full-bodied, soft and round, with juicy tannins and a long, fruity, creamy vanilla aftertaste. Best after 2010. 465 cases made." -90 points Wine Spectator "Loose grape pressing; temperature controlled during (30°C), macro oxygenation, fermentation and 15 days maceration; 2 every year rackings, slow continuous flow bottling with inverter system in sterilized conditions. Ages for 4 years, 3 of which are in Slavonian wood casks of 50-100 Hl, then 8 months in bottle." "The wine is an intense ruby color verging on garnet. On the nose, it is dry, warm, harmonious, velvety, steady in body and heart. On the palate, this is ethereal, melting into scents of sweet violet and iris, recalling the berries growing in the woods. Pair with red meats and game. Keep the bottle upright at room temperature for at least 24 hours. Uncork it two hours before and serve decanted in a carafe." -Winery

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