Tuscany produces some superb wines and the Piancornello estate is located in the southern part of Montalcino, where the wines typically show considerable breadth and richness.
The soil is of volcanic origin and it is very rich in small stoney material, which gives the wine more structure and complexity. This, along with the steep slope of the vineyard, allows for substantial drainage. The vineyards are 10-20 years old and are planted with highly-selected clones of Sangiovese in order to give low yields and loose clusters of grapes. The vines are grafted onto stalks that are resistant to drought and high summer temperatures.
This is an amazing wine from the excellent 2009 vintage. After the malolactic fermentation, the Piancornello Brunello was aged in barrels and tonneaux for 10 months before the wines from various vineyards are blended together. This final blend is then aged in Slovenian oak botti for a further two years before spending yet more time in bottle prior to release, resulting in a delicious and complex wine.
Food Match: Grilled Ribeye steak