Florentine real-estate broker Roberto Giannelli purchased San Filippo in 2003, knowing nothing about winemaking. Roberto consulted with Vintner friends and invested 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 26 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.
Ruby red in color. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, road tar and flowers. Medium body with perfect acidity. Rustic and powerful with more than enough fruit to keep the tannins in check. Dried cherries, anise, menthol and tobacco on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Outstanding Brunello that is shining at 17 years of age. The wine got better as the night got longer and should continue to drink well for another 2-4 years.
My rating: 94 points.
Current vintage of Le Lucere are worth the search and the price. Look for the 2016 at about $90 or the highly acclaimed 2015 for slightly more.