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2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

95The Wine Advocate

...a brooding, dark wine with great aromatic purity. The fruit tones are rich and penetrating, spanning from plum, prune and cassis to spice cake, tar and black licorice.

94Vinous / IWC

Grilled herbs, smoke, tobacco, rose petal and mint are all beautifully delineated in the glass.

93Wine Spectator

Dense and beefy, featuring a core of cherry, augmented by tobacco, spice and earth flavors.

93James Suckling

Lots of earth, spice and plum aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, soft and round. Lovely savory finish. Hints of smoky oak and ripe fruit on the finish.

REGION

Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is regarded as one of Italy’s best appellations. Located in south central Tuscany below Chianti, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are made of a Sangiovese clone called “brunello,” which means “little dark one,” a reference to the brown tones in the skin of the grape. Unlike some Tuscan appellations that allow other grapes to be blended with Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is entirely Sangiovese. Montalcino itself is a picturesque, hill-top town not especially well known for wine production until the mid-19th century, when a local vineyard owner isolated the brunello clone and planted it. Other growers followed suit. Nevertheless it wasn’t until 1970s that wine enthusiasts started paying attention to Brunello di Montalcino, which by then was becoming an outstanding wine. Today there are 120 estates in the DOCG, up from about 25 estates in 1975. Brunellos in general are bigger, darker, more tannic and more powerful wines than Chiantis or most other Sangioveses. By law they must be aged for four years, and two of those years must be in wooden barrels.