Our wine tasting adventures brought us to a small town in Tuscany, Italy called Montalcino where they are famous for their Brunello di Montalcino wine. For us it was the wonderful 2009 Piccini Wines Villa Al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino.
The wine is 100% Sangiovese Grosso. The grape varietal got the name Sangiovese Grosso because of the large size of the fruit. In Montalcino it is a requirement for making Brunello di Montalcino to exclusively use only Sangiovese grown in the vicinity of this hillside village. It was in 1980 that Brunello di Montalcino received its DOCG - Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (controlled designation of origin guaranteed) designation becoming the first region in Italy to obtain this status.
This Brunello di Montalcino is a medium bodied wine that should be allowed to sit for an hour before serving. The nose is earthy with tobacco and cherry aromas. One immediately senses flavors of plums, allspice, stewed fruit and tobacco. There were hints of nutmeg on the finish. The earthy qualities give way to a very bright wine, which is very sophisticated and complex.
The Sangiovese grapes for this Brunello come from a 22 acre plot planted with 13-year old vines located in the eastern section of Montalcino. These vines are situated on the areas of gentle rolling hills and have a west-southwest exposure. Coastal breezes play an important climatic factor in the ripening and flavors of the grapes. The growing practices in the vineyard are sustainable. In addition, being environmentally conscience there is no use of herbicides or pesticides. The wine is aged for 26 months in oak and 6 months in the bottle.
The Piccini Family has been producing wine since 1882 in the Tuscany region of Italy. Ranking as one of the top Italian wine producers, this family owned winery has developed and expanded over four generations beginning with Chianti in straw wrapped flasks to an extensive portfolio that includes the Brunello di Montalcino.
Without a doubt this Piccini Villa Al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino is an outstanding wine that you will be thrilled to have experienced and savored.