Why Buy: 2019 was a banner year for Brunello, and we've gone to one of the greatest estates in the region, the legendary Val di Suga, to bring you four from that stellar vintage, including their 98-point Brunello Poggio al Granchio and their 97-point Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Lago, as well as two versatile, crowd-pleasing reds from 2021 (one of which comes in at less than $30 a bottle). The estate’s calling card has always been the harmonics and balance of its Brunellos, drawn from three vineyards in its holdings, coupled with its long fermentations and patient aging. It all adds up to the kind of assured, mature winemaking that turns wine lovers into collectors.


The History: Val di Suga is the only estate in all of Montalcino to have vineyards in three different crus, each with a different soil, each with its own microclimate. It is in the blending of these grapes that Val di Suga finds its distinction. These are wines in the stately, classical style that so many drinkers first fell in love with.


What They're Saying: Jeb Dunnuck reviewed four of these wines, and was deeply enamored. He declared the 98-point Poggio al Granchio 2019 a "stunning" wine, "full-bodied yet weightless on the palate," with "plush, velvety tannins and mineral undercurrents while retaining wonderful purity and a seamless texture." Reviewing the 97-point Vigna del Lago 2019, he was moved to the same gushing lyricism: "gorgeous ... mouthwatering from the start, with fine tannins, elegant concentration, and fresh acidity. It is lifted and long on the palate ... and leaves its haunting and sustained mineral presence." The Brunello di Montalcino 2019, an entry wine, proved nearly as captivating: "displays a brooding and serious profile initially" and "comes to life with a refined and elegant feel on the palate, offering fine tannins, fresh, even acidity, and a lovely mineral-tinged backbone with wonderful freshness and purity ... Gorgeous."


The Specs: Long fermentations are the norm here, with around 20 days post-fermentation maceration, on the skins. The Brunellos are then aged in French oak for 24 months, with six months in concrete vats to follow.


Our Tasting Notes: The Brunello Poggio al Granchio is a true showcase wine, marrying a tremendous opulence and depth with a striking clarity and definition. In the Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Lago, we found a display of the art and craft of winemaking, a gorgeously developed wine that does not lack for concentration, but appeals, you might say, to the higher virtues: freshness, charm, lift, acidity. The Brunello di Montalcino has a great deal going on in the glass (aromatic complexity, mid-palate intensity, acidity, minerality, salinity), but it's all so seamlessly and winningly knitted. 


What to Pair Them With: Pan-seared duck breast; roast pork or lamb; pan-seared mushrooms with thyme; charcuterie and cheese boards.


Our Guarantee: We always buy and source directly from the estate, so rest assured: your wines will arrive in your hands with pristine provenance. Order yours today!



*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2024. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in KS, MI, NC, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024.