Some of the most brilliant philosophers I know live in Montalcino, and they all make a living farming or winemaking. I think this is because Montalcino embodies one important aspect of the Italian way. It's a place where people concentrate on maintaining both humility and excellence. At their best, Montalcino's producers touch on a marriage of simplicity and elegance--just as its old barns and dusty roads sit in harmony along the Sienese hills with its manicured rose gardens and cypress tree-lined lanes. The best wines from Montalcino express this balance. They're subtle but explosive-; moreover, they're top-notch expressions of the delicate Sangiovese Grosso, which thrives in the region's soil.
Today, I'm delighted to bring you a new allocation of Pian delle Vigne 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. As Brunello lovers know, 2010 is a benchmark vintage, but what Brunello lovers may not know is that this wine from Antinori's Montalcino estate embodies that equilibrium between simplicity and elegance that makes Brunello so special. This '10 Pian delle Vigne Brunello is like a beautiful stone villa: gracious and welcoming, warm and inviting, yet it will stand for years. It's a wine you'll open and want to stay with for some time; I suggest a half-case or more so that you can.
I didn't decide just to bring back this benchmark Brunello from Antinori--I also decided to get you a new allocation of the family's Pinot Nero from its Umbrian estate, Castello della Sala. While 2010 was a banner Montalcino year, 2014 was a tough Umbrian vintage, but the Antinori team made it look easy. This '14 Pinot Nero flows across the palate like textured silk. Finally, IWM's Burghead clients loved the 2011 Échézeaux from Jean Grivot so much they clamored for more. I snagged some, and you will want to get yours before all the bottles are gone.