Piancornello Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva

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Piancornello Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva is ruby red in colour with hues of paler brick. A characteristic bouquet, bold and austere, with notes of red fruits on a spicy, ethereal background. The palate is full-bodied, with ripe black cherry fruit, spice, notes of tar and hints of rosemary. Perfectly balanced and pleasingly approachable now, the substantial structure ensures a long life ahead of it.

Country: Italy
Region: Toscana
Subregion: Montalcino
Vintage: 2008
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Sangiovese/Prugnolo Gentile
ABV: 15%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Cellar worthy
Organic: Yes (certified)
Drink With: A charcoal-grilled porterhouse steak

The Piancornello Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva is crafted to defy time. Classically structured, full-bodied and perfectly balanced, this is a Sangiovese to remember. It is made from a clone of Sangiovese that has smaller bunches and smaller berries, endowing the wine with a deep colour and a firm structure. By law, Brunello Riserva must be aged for at least 5 years - with a minimum of 2 years in cask - before it can be released. Piancornello's Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva spent 10 months in barriques and tonneaux and then 30 months in Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling.

2008 was a difficult vintage in some respects and, as such, rewarded top producers like Piancornello who are patient, attentive, and who only make a Riserva wine in worthy vintages. Ultimately, their yields were down some, but the grapes that came in were perfectly ripened and have produced the type of high quality wine that Brunello lovers have come to expect of Piancornello.

From Monica Larner writing in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2008 Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva shows more muscle and broader shoulders compared to the base Brunello with noticeably more spice and smoke at the back. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then goes into tonneaux for 12 months followed by two years in botte grande. The palate feels a touch ripe with jammy fruit, sweet barbecue marinade and a fat, soft texture. A year or two more in the bottle should give it more definition. Drink: 2016-2024. 02/14. 91 Points

From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
Captivating nose combines red cherry, liquorice, gunflint and earth, complicated by a hint of chocolate truffle. The palate offers compelling sweetness but with a vibrant spine of acidity giving outstanding clarity and cut to the flinty red berry, chocolate and earth notes. This stellar, very long wine offers an uncanny combination of structure, easy sweetness and multilayered aromas and flavours. 08/14. 93 Points

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