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Salicutti, Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione, 2015

$119.99

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A top single-cru Brunello from vines just below the winery. Ian d'Agata called this one of the best Brunellos of 2015 in Vinous. Salicutti was the first winery in Brunello to go organic, and they continue to emphasize natural and traditional techniques in both the vineyard and in the winery.

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There is the Tuscany that behaves like Bordeaux—sometimes almost literally, with Bordeaux grape varieties—and there is the Tuscany that behaves like Burgundy, with an emphasis on silky fruit purity and bright, elegant flavors. If we had to pick a paragon for this latter style, we might select Montevertine in Chianti. But Brunello has its own worthy contender for the title, and it is Salicutti.

The biggest mark against Salicutti may be its size. It produces only about 10% of the quantities coming from Montevertine—barely enough to be the paragon of anything! But it makes up for it with its sheer quality, as those lovers of Tuscan wine who have gotten to know Salicutti now rank it in the very top echelon.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 94
"The Salicutti 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione is a mid-weight red wine with a deep and lasting aromatic impact. The wine offers very vertical or lifted aromas of dried fruit, cedar wood, tilled earth, cigar, cola and medicinal herb. It also shows a lot of balsamic character, and this is something I often recognize in warm-vintage Brunello, while it offers less primary fruit. The character here is ethereal and fragrant, shedding any monolithic tones you might expect of a wine of this depth and persistence. I would recommend a medium-term drinking window so that you catch the fruit before it fades." -Robert Parker

Wine Spectator

WS 96
"Bright cherry and juniper flavors are the main flavor themes, augmented by strawberry, wild thyme, stone and loam notes. Taut, elegant and well-structured, balanced and long. The finish reveals this wine's potential. Best from 2023 through 2045."

Wine Enthusiast

WE 88
"Subdued aromas suggesting iris, French oak and exotic spice emerge on the nose. The dense brawny palate is one-dimensional and rather tired, offering dried black cherry, vanilla and roasted coffee bean alongside the heat of evident alcohol. Close-grained tannins give it a drying finish." -Kerin O'Keefe

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VARIETALS
Sangiovese
ORGANIC
Certified
BIODYNAMIC
Practicing
VINEYARD
Sourced from the Piaggione vineyard.
ORIENTATION
South, southeast at 420-440 meters in elevation.
SOIL
Calcareous and marl.
VITICULTURE
Organic farming. Hand harvested. Half of the vineyard planted in 1994, half planted in 2007.
VINIFICATION
Fermented in stainless steel with ambient yeast. 12 day maceration on the skins.
AGING
Aged in in a mix of oak (5HL neutral Allier casks, 40HL Slavonian oak casks, 10-20 HL french barrels) for 36 months followed by 18 months in the bottle.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Sangiovese

  • Vintage

    2015

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied