Wine Of The Week – Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino 2005 DOCG
Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!
Region: Tuscany, ITALY
Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
92 points, Wine Advocate
“The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is a warm, radiant wine endowed with gorgeous fruit. Red cherries, flowers and minerals come together in this beautifully articulated, soft Brunello. The richness and density of the fruit carry through to a long, caressing finish. In keeping with the nature of the vintage, this is a relatively small scaled, feminine Brunello from Pieri but its graceful balance makes it a wine readers will not want to miss. I tasted the 2002 – from a much weaker vintage – next to the 2005 and it was still very much vibrant and alive. The estate gave the 2005 Brunello four weeks of maceration on the skins. The wine spent a year in equal parts 225-liter barrique and 600-liter demi-muid followed by a second year in 30 and 40-hectoliter casks. Consulting oenologist Fabrizio Moltard describes 2005 as a year with mostly stable temperatures. Expectations were running high until September, when rain became an issue. The fruit was harvested during the first week of October. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.”
Wine Advocate 188, April 2010