Several years ago, I had the opportunity to taste the Agostina Pieri Rosso di Montalcino. A friend in the wine trade recommended the wine to me and told me the woman running the estate was as fanatical about quality as Madame Bize Leroy in Burgundy. It was the best Rosso di Montalcino I ever had. Since then, I’ve been searching for their Brunello, so when I found the 2006 locally, I pounced.
And my memory has rewarded me. Great vintage – I’ve tasted dozens of the 2006’s, so it didn’t surprise me that this was excellent. But there’s something unique about this wine. It’s very elegant, very feminine, very perfumed and floral. It’s clean, pure and focused. It’s an incredible glass of red. Yes, there’s ample fruit on the nose: crushed raspberry, with an almost gardenia like essence aloof in the glass. The nose is remarkable.
On the palate, the wine is no less graceful. Like a ballroom dancer in a long, red, elegant dress. It’s flowing, smoothly, precisely. The flavors are vibrant, with crushed berry fruit, fresh leather, and bright fresh herbs like lavendar and sage.
This is not the best Brunello I’ve ever tasted, but it may be one of the most graceful. And today I can still recall the way the wine smelled. Delicious stuff, and a good value too! 92 points, about $35.
|2006 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino|
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September 26, 2012