Piancornello Brunello Di Montalcino
Piancornello Brunello Di Montalcino is ruby red colour with hues of brick. The bouquet is characteristic, both of the Sangiovese grape variety and of the Montalcino area, with notes of sour cherries, chocolate, tar, a balsamic touch and aromatic wild herbs. The palate is full-bodied, generous with chewy fruit and spices, dense and persistent.
Grape Variety: Sangiovese/Prugnolo Gentile
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Firm and chewy
Organic: Yes (certified)
Drink With: A grilled rib-eye steak
The Piancornello estate is located in the southern part of Montalcino, where the Brunello wines typically show considerable breadth and richness. The soil is of volcanic origin and it is very rich in small stoney material, which gives the wine more structure and complexity. This, along with the steep slope of the vineyard, allows for substantial drainage. The vineyards are 10-20 years old and they are planted with highly-selected clones of Sangiovese in order to give low yields and loose clusters of grapes. The vines are grafted onto stalks that are resistant to drought and high summer temperatures.
This Piancornello Brunello Di Montalcino is an amazing wine from the excellent 2013 vintage. After the malolactic fermentation, the Piancornello Brunello was aged in barrels and tonneaux for 10 months before the wines from various vineyards are blended together. This final blend is then aged in Slovenian oak botti for a further two years before spending yet more time in bottle prior to release, resulting in a delicious and complex wine.
From Monica Larner writing in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino offers a plump and cherry-rich bouquet that is youthful and vibrant at this young stage. You really get a sense of the tonic fruit that is achieved in this cooler vintage. Wild cherry aromas segue to violets, roses and medicinal herbs. You'll love all that special detailing. Yet the wine also shows a thick and firm texture that would benefit from another 3-5 years of cellar ageing.
Drink 2020 - 2035. 02/18 - 93 Points
From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
Crystallised redcurrant, liquorice and minerals on the nose. Round and ripe but not thick or heavy: this wine speaks clearly of grapes grown in a southeastern Montalcino location. At once creamy and juicy, with good breadth to the supple flavours of bitter cherry, red liquorice, herbs and spices. Expands nicely on the back half, finishing with youthfully chewy tannins. Owner Claudio Monaci is a shy, soft-spoken man and one of the most down-to-earth producers in Montalcino, but he's also one of the very best. His Brunellos are benchmarks of the production zone and age spectacularly well. 08/16. 92 Points