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Salicutti, Brunello di Montalcino `Piaggione`, 2019


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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 97
"The Salicutti 2019 Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione shows macerated aromas of cherry skin with a punchy almost carbonic-adjacent quality that gives vibrancy and energy to the bouquet. Fruit comes from a site with lots of rocks and rich limestone soils. The bouquet starts off with tart pomegranate or rainier cherry delivered with pinpoint directness and then opens to embrace softer tones of underbrush toasted fennel seed and cumin. The oak is almost invisible although you do feel the enriched texture and the wine's powdery tannins. The wine ends on a glossy note but ultimately those tannins do stick around and you feel them for a long while. Although I have had my eye on this estate for a while Salicutti is one of the breakout stars of this report. Sabine and Felix Eichbauer are relative newcomers to this storied Tuscan appellation having acquired this estate in 2015 from the talented Francesco Leanza. The Munich-based couple completed a new winery and revisited the winemaking program making small tweaks yet maintaining the soulful character of the wines established under the previous ownership. This estate is a true gem and one that any Brunello lover should know and collect. This year we see the return of a village bottling that sources from across the various vineyard holdings in addition to the three crus: Sorgente Piaggione and Teatro. Salicutti is organic and was certified for biodynamics in 2022."

Wine Spectator

WS 98
"Alluring and harmonious this red features fresh ripe cherry strawberry rose and mineral flavors allied to a beautifully integrated structure. Silky in texture and complex this evolves to a long intense aftertaste echoing the fruit and picking up savory notes of Mediterranean herbs. So delicious you'll want to drink this now."

What importer Bowler Wine has to say about this wine...

Piaggione, covering 1.2ha, faces to the E/SE with fossil-rich calcareous soils at 420 to 450m of elevation. The vineyard is divided by a terrace into two different parcels that were planted in 1994 and 2007, respectively. Fermentation in stainless steel w/ macerations lasting 20 to 40 days. Aged in 1000L and 4000L casks for three years and a year in bottle. Slighty darker in color and aroma than Sorgente, with earthy, diesel-y bass notes and wild oregano top notes. This is classical Sangiovese, with silky textures but just the right amount of grip and acidity to keep everything in check. 6450 bottles made.


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