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La Serena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gemini 2015  - First Bottle


95 Wine Spectator -
If you prefer your Sangiovese on the fruity side, this red is for you. Black cherry, black currant, licorice, vanilla and spice flavors are in step with the solid structure. Balanced, ending ripe and long on the finish. Best from 2024 through 2045. 700 cases made, 100 cases imported.
95 James Suckling -
A firm, linear red with plum, berry, dark chocolate and mushroom character. It’s full-to medium-bodied with a solid core of tannins to the ripe fruit. A rather traditional, tight red. Better after 2024.
94 Vinous -
The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gemini is fruit-forward and a bit extroverted yet impossible to ignore. It boasts a striking mix with intense raspberry preserves, exotic spices and dusty dried florals. Its textures are soft and fleshy, creating a creamy feel to its radiant, ripe fruit profile, while maintaining balance through brisk acids and grippy tannins. The 2015 Gemini takes a turn toward austerity, finishing structured and grippy; yet through it all, sweet violet florals resonate. This may be a full-throttle and extroverted effort, but it’s well balanced and sure to have a lot of fans. Important to note that this was checkin on, and held up beautifully over the course of three days.

Technical Details

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationBrunello di Montalcino
  • VineyardGemini
  • Farming MethodCertified Organic
  • Alcohol15%

La Serena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gemini 2015

Sangiovese  |  Italy
WS95, JS95, VN94

Certified Organic
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La Serena Brunello di Montalcino – always one of Tuscany’s finest! Biodynamic, organic, and extremely hard to find in the USA, especially at our stunning price! The 2015 vintage was an all-time great for Tuscany, and this Riserva perfectly showcases the power and endurance of a fantastically collectible Brunello.

95 POINTS! (Plus a handful of 94s and metric tons of critical praise.) La Serena’s Gemini Riserva is their top Brunello, 100% sangiovese, 30 year-old-vines right next to the winery, parked in the most illustrious grouping of top Brunello producers in all of Tuscany! Cerbaiona, Casanova di Neri, even Biodi Santi’s legendary IL GREPPO estate! This is the land of $200+ sangiovese, no question.

We’ve been champions of the Mantengoli family for years, and it simply doesn’t get better than this. Opulent, rich, and dark, brimming with dark cherries, raspberries, and plums, but also spearmint, blood orange, bay leaf, black tea – with savory/earthy notes of sandalwood, iron ore, and sun-baked clay… there is a lot to love here. Packed with complexity, a long, mouthcoating texture, and a finish that perseveres impressively.

Wine Advocate had this to say about Andrea Mantengoli’s wines: “His wines meet that elusive sweet point between power and elegance that is so difficult to achieve.”

Agreed. Maybe it's the ORGANIC farming. Or the 42 months aging in large oak foudres. Or the famous tuffa, clay, and sand mix in these glorious Tuscan soils…whatever the case, one thing simply cannot be doubted — this is one of the finest 2015 Brunellos I’ve tasted to date. This is a treasure for Brunello lovers and a wine that will last a decade easily! Get it while we have it, we promise you will be wishing you bought more!

PAIRING IDEAS: Keep things classic with a giant Bistecca al Fiorentina – a massive, double-thick Porterhouse steak. For bonus points, cook it over live coals, and brush it with a little bit of olive oil, rosemary, and garlic just before it finishes.

About the Producer

The La Serena estate has belonged to the Mantengoli family since the 1930s, but it would be another five decades before the first La Serena vintage was bottled when twin brothers Andrea and Marcello joined the family business in 1988. Proprietor Andrea Mantengoli took the one-hectare estate and transformed it into the nine-hectare sangiovese powerhouse it is today. La Serena’s small-production wines encapsulate the Montalcino terroir and are just as collectible as they are approachable in their youth.