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2015 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
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- Cellar Drink Now - 6 years (2020-2026)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
From the spectacular 2015 vintage, Argiano regularly produces what is considered to be one of the best value Brunello’s. Sourced from vines between 12 and 60 years old, ageing took place in Slavonian oak barrels of varying sizes for a period of 30 months.
Deep dark red core with black tinged edges and a dark red hue. The fragrant nose sees subtle rose petal scents overlay ripe red currant, red cherry, dusty cedar, fresh herb, light leather and spicy tobacco notes. An assortment of savoury red fruits decorates the medium bodied palate with elements of earth, dried herbs, subtle tobacco and spice lying underneath. Refined yet tightly packed tannins provide some light grip whilst bright acidity lends freshness. Excellent depth and structure whilst still remaining relatively light on its feet. Finishes with a delightful red fruited aftertaste.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
This is a terrific wine and one of the new releases from Montalcino that I happily include on a short list of top recommendations. The Argiano 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows a very lively bouquet that is already singing despite the young age of this new release. The wine opens to a dark ruby color with garnet highlights. The bouquet shows a large span of wild berry, earth, licorice spice and medicinal herb aromas. This vintage also reveals a pretty floral character with dried rose potpourri and lavender buds. After fermentation, the wine is aged slowly for 30 months in large oak botte (including 10-, 30- and 50-hectoliter capacity), thus restricting oxygen and gently slowing its evolution. However, the 2015 vintage is naturally expressive and exuberant, and that's the main takeaway here. Drink 2021-2033.
Monica Larner – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
Very floral on the nose with plums, rose petals and freshly sliced porcini mushrooms. The palate is tight and compressed with beautiful ripe fruit, wet earth and cool, stone flavors. A structured and impressive wine. Drink after 2022.
What's often forgotten in the general hubbub which surrounds Brunello di Montalcino is that this DOCG circumscribes the area of Tuscany where Sangiovese ripens more amply and more beguilingly than anywhere else - though of course this is a grape variety whose resource is such that differences of ripening spectrum based on site do nothing but add to its nuance and appeal. If you want to get a fix on the sheer, disarming loveliness of that ample ripeness, try this wine: glowing, almost exotic fruits, with a little incense spice creeping into the mix, then glowing, soft-textured flavours which brim with summer's end and autumn's plenty: ripe plums and berries, autumn leaves, some wild mushroom fragrance and the dark spices which hint at Christmas to come.