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Brunello di Montalcino


Posted on June 18th, 2013

It seems every summer we know at least a few folks who are planning a trip to Italy. This year is no different. While we are excited and happy for our friends and family members as they embark on a dream vacation, there is a big part of us (okay, every part of us) that is incredibly jealous. Fortunately, there are ways to subdue this jealousy, our favorite being to drink a lot of Italian wine!

So, if you are like us, once again not venturing to Italy this summer and openly jealous of your friends who are, please join us in making the most of the situation by enjoying these tasty Tuscan treats we've discovered right here in the US.

As any great Italian wine estate history goes, Argiano's origin dates back to the 1500's when noble families produced wine from the vineyards on the estate for personal consumption. Located in Tuscany's rural, isolated village of Montalcino, Argiano's estate vineyards are planted with alternating rows of grapes and olive trees. An ideal microclimate is created by warm winds from the Maremma (Tuscany's Southwestern coastal area) and protection from drastic weather patterns by mount Amiata in the Southeast.

Argiano's wines began receiving international acclaim as far back as the 1930s and are highly-regarded by consumers and expert reviewers still today. This offer includes Argiano's everyday value Super Tuscan as well as their reputable Brunello di Montalcino.

2010 Argiano "Non Confunditur" Super Tuscan - $18.99 (Warehouse pick-up: $16.99)

Super Tuscan is the name given to a Tuscan wine that blends the traditional Tuscan grape Sangiovese with bolder red grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. It takes the more delicate nuances of Sangiovese and bulks it up a bit to create a rich, fruit forward wine with herbal notes and a spicy finish.

89 Points, Wine Spectator, Bruce Sanderson ($23): "Cherry and currant flavors mark this ripe, muscular red, which is well-integrated, with a hint of herbs on the dry finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese. Best from 2013 through 2018. 1,800 cases imported."

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2007 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino - $50.99 (Warehouse pick-up: $47.99)

Tuscany's pride and joy, Brunello di Montalcino, has strict laws surrounding its production. The laws require the use of 100% Sangiovese Grosso (a specific clone of the Sangiovese varietal) and age time of four years total, two of which must be in barrel, with bottle aging at a minimum of four months prior to release. This extensive regulation protects the integrity of the region and the wine.

93 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Antonio Galloni: "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is rich, deep and resonant. It shows fabulous depth and richness, with seemingly endless layers of fruit that caress the palate. Dark red cherries, savory herbs, tobacco and licorice linger on the textured, creamy finish. This is another terrific effort from Argiano. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027."

92 Points, Wine Spectator, Bruce Sanderson ($67): "There's density to this red, with richness punctuated by cedar, cherry, balsamic and tobacco flavors. Well-proportioned and delineated, lingering on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2023. 6,500 cases imported."

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