La Quinta comes from younger vines (7-12 years old) and spends 12 months in 700-2500 ltr oak barrels. It is a brilliant wine; if ever there was a wine with the Carlo Ferrini stamp on it, the La Quinta would be it. It’s vibrant, pure and elegant; it is the pure essence of Sangiovese.
Master winemaker, and pioneer of the Super-Tuscan movement, Carlo Ferrini pours heart and soul into his brilliant, brooding Giodo wines. New to Langton’s, these are essential additions for any pilgrim to the altar of Brunello. Here, Langton’s Head of International Buying Jesper Kjaersgaard explains just what makes the wines of Giodo such a find.
Carlo Ferrini is a name all lovers of Italian wine need to know, and not just because he now has a 100-point wine (courtesy of James Suckling). He’s one of the most revered names in Tuscany and it is because of the reputation he’s forged over many years.
In fact, he first came to prominence as the Technical Director of the Chianti Classico Consorzio, a status built on when he became the consultant to some of the most highly regarded wineries in Tuscany. He was in fact one of the key drivers behind the Super-Tuscan movement. He’s won several high-level winemaking awards and is commonly described as a ‘master’.
Most importantly here though, in 2000 Ferrini had the opportunity to purchase a pristine piece of land at the southern end of Montalcino. It’s called Giodo, a name derived from his parents ‘Gio’vanna and ‘Do’natello. Giodo is his ‘passion project’. Since 2000 he has accumulated 5.5ha of planted vineyards, 2.5ha of classified Brunello and 3ha of Sangiovese destined for his IGT Toscana wine, La Quinta (his fifth vineyard). The aim of La Quinta is to showcase a different and more immediate Sangiovese character than the superbly majestic Brunello.