Gigliola Giannetti is as “Montalcino” as it gets. Born and raised in this southern Tuscany town, her first job was working with the legendary Franco Biondi Santi. After opening a wine shop on the main road in Montalcino she befriended consultant Giulio Gambelli, who would eventually encourage her to start her own winery. Purchasing her first parcel of vines in 1993, she released her first vintage of Brunello di Montalcino in 1997. The winery's name, Le Potazzine (local dialect for a songbird), comes from the nickname Gigliola’s mother had given her two granddaughters. Immediately recognized by the world's wine intelligentsia, these wines are heralded for their precise qualities and elegance.
These are the reviews for the 2016 Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino
"Earthy aromas of blue flower, rose, underbrush and leather mingle together on this gorgeous, fragrant red. All about finesse and flavor, the medium-bodied palate is absolutely delicious, featuring juicy morello cherry, crushed raspberry, baking spice, star anise and the barest hint of game. It’s radiant and beautifully balanced thanks to taut, polished tannins and bright acidity. It’s already showing incredibly well but hold for even more complexity." - 99 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
"Le Potazzine always delivers a smooth and silky style with extreme elegance and the lifted cool-climate fruit that you get from this high-altitude growing site. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is taut and firm with cherry fruit, dried raspberry, tilled earth, spice and blue flower. The wine sees an extended fermentation of 40 days and ages in botte grande for 42 months. This is a well-balanced wine that is slightly thinner, with one notch lower intensity in this vintage compared to past editions. You get a light, sharp and streamlined style. I prefer the 2015 vintage slightly to this wine, but I'm suggesting a longer drinking window here. This is an 18,000-bottle release that hits the market in January 2021." - 96 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The remarkably pretty 2016 Brunello di Montalcino shows a pure bouquet full of wild strawberries, woodland berries and herbs with a hint of crushed stone. It’s soft and enveloping, displaying fleshy red fruits, savory spice and salty minerals, while vibrant acids maintain wonderful freshness. It’s only at the very end that its youthful structure comes forward, grippy and classically drying, yet under an air of red licorice and inner rose. There’s a beautiful harmony to this vintage of Le Potazzine, which should provide a long and wide drinking window." - 95 Points, Vinous