Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2009
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
The Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino shows notes of raspberry and vanilla, with lots of toasty oak. It has a medium body and finish, with soft, silky tannins. Drink now or later, it just gets better and better!
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino sees fruit sourced from the thicker soils of the Abbazia Sant’Antimo area in the southern part of the appellation. This is a very compelling wine. What I liked most about it is its frankness and its simple lines – it’s a wine that paints in primary colors. Decidedly uncomplicated, it spells out clean aromas of bold cherry, dark spice, smoky mineral and sweet almond. The delivery is impeccable and pristine in the mouth as well where smooth tannins and a bright spot of acidity form this Brunello’s backbone."
The estate vineyard at Piancornello was bought by the Pieri Family in 1950. The fruit was sold to other Montalcino producers until they began making their own wine starting with the 1990 vintage. Silvana Pieri has since passed down the estate to her son Claudio (who has been and continues to be the winemaker) and his wife, Silvia.
Piancornello takes its name from the hamlet just South of Montalcino where the winery is located. Because of the warm climate and unique, rocky/mineral-rich soils, this is considered one of the finest areas of Brunello. The vineyards are located on moderately sloped hills with southern exposures. The clones at Piancornello were chosen carefully in order to have low yields and looser bunches. Additionally, a modern, temperature & humidity-controlled winemaking facility has been built in front of the old cellar, allowing for an even greater attention to detail and quality in winemaking.
Though the estate has been farming organically for many years, it has recently made plans to become certified. Beginning with the 2013 vintage, the estate in Montecucco (Podere del Visciolo) will be Certified Organic, while the main estate plans to finalize its organic certification with the 2015 vintage. View all Piancornello Wines
About Tuscany(TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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