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Brunello is magic. No other Sangioveses compare to Brunello di Montalcino. Wine Spectator tells us that "It is a great time for Brunello di Montalcino." and that "If you want to understand what great Italian wine is all about, buy a bottle of Brunello."
The Piccini family has tenderly worked their vines since 1882, starting with a small estate with little more than 17 acres of vineyards, now grown to over four estates, located in some of the most emblematic wine regions in all of Italy. Their passion for quality and authenticity has given them a name that is one of the best-known in Italy.
Its impressive pursuit of quality is what has guided Tenute Piccini to quickly become one of the leading wine estates in Italy. Wine Enthusiast said this Tenuta is "one of the most dynamic and innovative wineries in Italy today." Piccini is an example of tradition. Piccini's owner Mario Piccini says “All we do in the present time is present in the past and also will be for the future.” These are the words they live and produce.
Inarguably, Montalcino is one of the most suitable wine-growing regions in Italy and Brunello is a testament to this. To create this masterpiece, only Sangiovese Grosso is used. These grapes are handpicked when perfectly ripe between late September and October. Fermented for 15-20 days in stainless steel, then stored in oak barrels for at least 4 years. The complexity of this Brunello di Montalcino is derived from its aging period where it slowly absorbs the wood aromas and fragrances. This amazing Brunello is carefully cellared by the winery and released until it's ready, that's at least 5 years after harvest.
With its complex and evolved fullness, this is an ideal pairing with roasts and mature, strong cheeses.
Aging: 5 years: 20 months in oak barrels; 4 months in barriques.
Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso. Poggio al Sale Brunello di Montalcino has a bright garnet red color and intense, complex, lingering, full aromas with strong hints of ripe red fruit and vanilla. It is evolved, harmonious and velvety on the palate with a lingering flavor.