Brunello di Montalcino 2012 Pian Delle Vigne, Antinori
Antinori's Pian Delle Vigne is unique single estate in Montalcino. The estate is located 3.5 miles south of Montalcino and takes its name from a historic 19th century railroad located on the property. The estate consists of approximately 165 acres of vines with a predominantly southeastern exposure and altitude up to 660 feet above sea level. The calcareous clay soil is rich in gravel which provides good drainage. For this Brunello yields are kept extremely low with a green harvest in July. Only the healthiest grape bunches are nurtured to full ripeness. Handpicking is followed by de-stemming and a fifteen day temperature controlled fermentation. The wine is aged in traditional large oak casks allowing the Sangiovese full expression. Wine Spectator scored this 94 points saying "The sweet cherry and raspberry flavors set the pace for this supple, charming Brunello. Leather, tobacco, earth and iron accents add complexity as this cruises to a terrific finish. Feels more open, yet this should develop well. Best from 2020 through 2033." and James Suckling also gave it a 94 point score saying "A soft and silky red with plum, chocolate and light coffee character. Medium to full body, well-integrated tannins and a fruity and fresh finish. Drink in 2018."