For last week’s virtual wine dinner and seminar, we opened one of Montalcino’s most celebrated “modern style” wines, the 2016 Nardi Brunello, rated 95+ points by Robert Parker. The wine was astounding, one of the best (and one of the best values) we’ve opened in our ongoing series.

This week, we’ll be making a 180° shift and tasting a wine not nearly as highly rated (although Robert Parker still gave it 91 points), one of my all-time favorite “traditional style” Brunellos, the 2014 La Gerla.

On paper, this wine has everything working against it: A rainy, challenging vintage; a lighter-bodied style not favored by the American wine establishment; and zero marketing (just try to find their Facebook and you’ll see what I mean).

But for classic-style Brunello enthusiasts like me, this wine has everything that they dream of: Traditional large cask aging and non-interventionist vinification, in other words, a natural and transparent style of winemaking that allows the terroir to shine through.

Yes, 2014 was a tough vintage. But those are precisely the vintages that people like me look for. Those are the years when wineries often reclassify their top wines and put their best fruit into their less expensive wines (La Gerla didn’t release their top riserva for 2014 by the way). La Gerla is the classic example, forgive the pun, where the quality of the fruit is what makes the wine, not what the winemaker does in the cellar. I know our guests are going to love it. The wine is the perfect counterpoint to the flash and sophistication of last week’s wine.

If you’re interested in wrapping your mind around what makes for a traditional style wine from Montalcino, this is one you don’t want to miss, especially if you tasted the Nardi last week.

We’ll be going out with a Brunello bang! This week’s virtual event is our last wine dinner of the year. It’s been an incredible and incredibly rewarding experience to keep these Zoom gatherings going. We have a such a great group of “core tasters” and every week we add someone new. Thank you for sticking with us and making it all possible.

Just this morning, I confirmed our first winemaker dinner of 2022 (save the date: Thursday, January 27; I can’t reveal the name but I’ll offer one clue: it’s the prince of La Morra).

I can’t thank you enough for all the support. We have so much great content and so many great wines lined up for next year. I hope you can join us in the meantime for our last Brunello of this year! Thank you.

Jeremy Parzen
wine director

Brunello: Modern vs. Classic
Virtual Wine Dinner & Seminar
with ROMA wine director Jeremy Parzen

Thursday, December 16
7:30 p.m.
guests will be provided with a Zoom link

$119 per couple

Please email Jeremy to reserve
by clicking here.


Insalata dello Chef
Mix greens, fennel, carrots,
fresh mozzarella, figs, prosciutto,
walnuts and vinaigrette

Fettuccine ai Funghi
Homemade fettuccine
wild mushrooms

Stinco d’Agnello
Slowly braised lamb shank

La Gerla 2014 Brunello di Montalcino

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