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Antinori - Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2015

Red Wine from Tuscany · Italy
Price: £68.50
Case Rate: £68.50
Ex Tax: £37.50
Country:
Italy
Wine Region: Tuscany
Wine Area: Brunello di Montalcino
Grape: Sangiovese
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2029
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Country:
Italy
Wine Region: Tuscany
Wine Area: Brunello di Montalcino
Grape: Sangiovese
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2029

Wine tasting notes

The 2015 vintage of Pian delle Vigne shows an intense ruby red colour to the eye. The nose is complex, one of impact, characterised by notes of ripe red fruit and of violets accompanied by aromas of dried flowers, cocoa, cherries under spirits and spices such as oregano e marjoram. The palate is elegant, rich, and complex, with supple and succulent tannins. The freshness of certain sensations, first perceived on the nose, are felt once again during the tasting of the wine.

Winery information

Antinori

The Antinori family have been producing wine in Tuscany for six centuries, and exporting it for four; that’s twenty-six generations of uninterrupted family ownership. The first recorded mention of the family dates from 1188, when they worked in the silk trade. They moved to Florence in the early thirteenth century, and remain central figures in the fabric of the city; Piazza Antinori is the square in the historic centre where their offices are located.

Winemaking was added to the family’s activities in 1385, and during the sixteenth century the wines spread, along with Antinori’s reputation, to France, Flanders, Spain and North Africa. The purchase of the Tignanello estate in 1900 marked the beginning of a remarkable period of expansion, which shows no signs of abating. Through judicious acquisition of vineyards and an uncanny knack for developing iconic wines, Antinori has become Tuscany’s – arguably Italy’s – pre-eminent wine producer, with an important presence in Piedmont, Lombardy, Umbria and Puglia. Marchese Piero Antinori sums up the company’s outlook thus: “Ancient roots play an important role in our philosophy, but they have never held back our spirit of innovation.”

Tuscany and Umbria are the regions where Antinori has the highest concentration of vineyards, totalling almost 1,400 hectares of prime sites. Some of the wines – Badia a Passignano, Pèppoli, Tignanello and Solaia – are each the product of a single estate, while Villa Antinori and the Vin Santo are blends of selected lots from several of the family’s vineyards, including the flagship Tenuta Tignanello site.

Food matching

A real treat of a wine, serve this with all kinds of roast meat and game. While it will go with less robust stews and casseroles, keep preparations simple – though Brunellos are rich, there is masses of subtlety to revel in.

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Vinification notes

Upon arrival in the cellar, the grapes were destemmed and given a soft pressing to then go into temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks where the alcoholic fermentation took place. Skin contact lasted approximately fifteen days at a temperature of 82 °Fahrenheit (28 °Centigrade). After the alcoholic fermentation, the wine went into oak casks with a capacity between 790 and 2100 gallons (from 30 to 80 hectoliters) where it began its ripening cycle. After more than two years of aging, Pian delle Vigne left these large casks for a lengthy period of aging in bottle.