Argiano Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG 2017
A keeper and a velvet smooth beautiful full bodied Italian red for now as well as into the future. Brunello di Montalcino is one of the great reds of Tuscany, representing one of the rare appellations in the region that produces 100% Sangiovese wines.
This one is fabulously spicy with enormous depth and complex flavours running the gamut of sweet dark mocha aromas to savoury notes and a full body. This wine's high acidity is beautifully balanced by the smooth full bodied mouthfeel and there are layers of flavour with ripe plums and berries, autumn leaves, wild mushrooms and floral notes of rose petals.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is one of Italy's great reds and comes from Montalcino, a hillside town that's about 42 kilometres from the city of Siena, 150 kilometres from Florence and is 567 metres above sea level.
Brunello di Montalcino must legally be aged for five years prior to its release in bottle, so when looking at the great wines from this small township, it's important to take that into consideration.
The name Brunello comes from the Italian word Bruno, which means brown. It was given to the grape variety that Brunello di Montalcino is made from; it's a 100% varietal wine, meaning it is made entirely from only one grape variety. And until 1879, that grape was thought to be a distinctively different variety than the main grape in Tuscany, namely Sangiovese.
In 1879, it was discovered that the Brunello grape is, in fact, a clone of Sangiovese which happens to produce particularly powerful, velvety smooth reds in this little highly prized hillside appellation. So, Brunello is one of Tuscany's few red wines that is made 100% from the Sangiovese grape and it is one of Italy's great red wines.
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