Alex Calabro opens up to a 2015 Brunello made by Argiano.
With no expectations, he explores the wine and recounts
his experience with the 2014 version which he had
Argiano, an ancient wine producer
Argiano is one of the landmark estates in Montalcino with 125 hectares of hidlic vineyards, olive groves and forests. For 500 years the family has been among the most important in the region. Argiano is also known for their excellent record in producing an impressive collection of wines.
Montalcino has one of the warmest and driest climates in Tuscany. The altitude and the climate of the region has provided an area where Sangiovese grapes ripens fully and consistently than anywhere else in Tuscany, and that is when they are express best in terms of flavor.
These factors contribute to the body, colour and tannins commonly associated with Brunellos. In contrast to Chianti, the other famous Sangiovese-based wine of Tuscany, Brunello has a more fleshy texture, usually a bigger body with common aromas and flavors of blackberry, cherry, raspberry, chocolatey, leathery notes, and violets.
It is a beautiful wine!
My experience with Brunello
I was not particularly impressed with the 2014 Brunello when I tasted the vintage back then. It is not the producer’s
fault as we know the weather was not the best in Europe during that year, however I’m extremely curious to see how this 2015 Brunello would fare!
I know that Argiano is able to deliver a strong Brunello, many of which have impressed me so far (as much as
other 2015 Brunellos have already done).
Exploring the wine:
Colour: A lovely ruby-red color with hints of garnet highlights on the rim. You can tell it is a very youthful
wine. Nose: It shows a very fresh bouquet that is already expressive despite the young age. I can easily smell distinct
notes of wild berries, liquorice, earthy tones with medicinal herb aromas. This vintage also reveals a certain floral character with roses and lavender on top of the list. Palate: Stylistically, Argiano’s Brunello di Montalcino 2015 presents an elegant, refined approach to this vintage Brunello, maintaining a good balance of acidity and tannins.
The finish is long and structured, with mouth-watering acids and spices, and it tastes a little like cherry soda! The 2015 Argiano maybe just a baby, but it is slowly shaking off the wood it was aged in, making it is a perfectly balanced wine.
Drink it now! (That is the way I love it) It is young and lively but I would keep a case (or many more if you’ve
got space in your cellar) and open a couple of bottles every year, so as to enjoy its evolution.
This is a super value for money wine that will transport you right back to the sweet rolling Tuscan hills. You can
either have it on its own (this is also my wife’s favourite wines and she sneaks a glass in at night when the kids
have gone to bed), or you can pair it with a char-grilled Fiorentina steak with friends and family at the dinner
table. This is an amazing wine, and I hope you love it just as much as I do. Drop me a comment if you have any
questions and I would be delighted to answer!
Salute e a presto!