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2012 Pietroso Brunello di Montalcino

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March 3, 2024 - $41

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RATINGS

91Vinous / IWC

Aromas and flavors of red berries, minty blue fruit, cedar, and licorice...medium bodied wine is quite tangy and penetrating today but is not made in a particularly lush or sweet style, finishing with substantial tonguecoating tannins that manage to avoid dryness.

91Wine Enthusiast

...ripe plum, forest floor, exotic spice, menthol and espresso aromas in this structured red...palate is bright and linear with youthful tension, delivering red cherry, strawberry, white pepper and anise notes set against compact, fine-grained tannins.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Inviting, pure and lifted cherry nose. Succulent fruit lined by powdery tannins. Well-balanced and ready now.

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.