Brunello di Montalcino, the classic that Americans know and love, came first; Brunello Riserva, a longer aging version of the wine, arrived second; and Rosso di Montalcino, the early-drinking and least aged version, was the third of these Sangiovese Grosso wines to be created. Just as the Rosso is always aged the least and usually comes from the youngest vines, so too is Brunello Riserva always aged the longest and usually comes from the oldest vines. It's the most "important" and collectable wine in this trio, and producers who make it the most mindfully almost always designate specific vineyard plots or rows for its purpose--even though technically all a Brunello needs to be called Riserva is another year of maturation before release.
Pierluigi Talenti knew a thing or two about making Brunello the right way. He was one of the original members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the group that made the rules for today's Brunello, and the estate named after him uses one specific vineyard, Pian di Conte, for its Brunello Riserva. It's always a beautiful wine, and in 2010, it's outrageous--structured, finessed, sophisticated and silky. Today, I'm very proud to present Talenti's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Pian de Conte Riserva. You're going to want to wait a year or two to drink this brooding beauty, but once you open it, you'll see what a true Brunello Riserva is all about.
Talenti's wine isn't the only new release; I'm equally proud to present an incredible new release from Antinori, the estate's 2013 Tignanello. Climate change has made the abnormal normal, and the normal completely strange. 2013 saw a return to classic weather in Chianti Classico, where Antinori makes its iconic Tignanello, and this bottle gleams with purity and elegance. Finally, I'm very pleased to offer one special Burgundy from Christine Bachey's estate. This Santenay swaddles you in earthy delights, and Burgundy lovers will love it.