2016 Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino
Brunello di Montalcino is a hallmark of Italian excellence, famed for its bold, layered, and long-lived expressions. Sangiovese reigns supreme here, with the Brunello clone donning the crown. By law, Brunello di Montalcino must be aged at least four years, including two in barrel, making this a time and labor-intensive effort that justifies the price. Of course, if you happen to find an example this opulent, intense and intriguing, the smart money doubles down.
A great winemaker, well-capitalized owners, and prime terroir: that's the recipe for great Sangiovese at Podere Brizio. Superstar oenologist Alberto Antonini is in charge of winemaking at this impressive state in the township of Tavernelle, in the west-central part of the appellation. This is just to the north of Soldera's Case Basse (arguably the greatest producer of Brunello). The Brizio wines are Brunello wines that showcase the grace and power of Sangiovese beautifully. If you need any excuse to grill a big, thick Porterhouse and dress it with sea salt and emerald-green Dievole olive oil, here's your chance.
Rose, currant and cherry aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this pretty red. Wild herb, graphite and tobacco accents add depth, and this cruises to a lingering aftertaste of red fruit and mineral. Delicate, yet tense and structured.