February 9, 2017
A Note from Sergio
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Brunello comes from one grape--Sangiovese Grosso--and one region--Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. Yet that one grape and that modest 3,000-acre region are responsible for a breathtaking array of wines. Brunello's range stems from the fact that while its region is fairly small, its microclimates are almost endless. North of Montalcino itself, where you'll find the subzones of Canalicchio, Pianelli, and Montisoli, the high elevation of the central region begins to taper off and flatten out, forming a kind of plain studded with hills. These subzones have a moderate share in the warm, dry Mediterranean climate and high altitude of their neighbors to the south, but the slight differences in temperature, humidity, and elevation makes wine that combine ripeness with structure.
These traits are showcased in the wines of Silvio Nardi, whose Brunelli combine serious aromas and elegance with power and fruit. Today, I'm delighted to bring you a pair of new 2012 Brunello releases from Tenute Silvio Nardi, the estate's cuvée normale Brunello and its cru Brunello Manachiara. 2012 challenged Montalcino's winemakers. First it was cold and wet; then it was hot and dry. It finished with ideal harvest weather, so producers like Emilia Nardi, who runs the estate that bears her father's name, were happy. The two bottles below are fresh, finessed and altogether delicious. And because they're made with a mixture of international and traditional protocol, they're great "bridge" Brunelli for people new to the wine (but if you're already a fan, you'll still find much to enjoy).
Mono-varietal wines, those that are made from just a single kind of grape, make you pay attention to that grape's profile. However, the better you get to know that grape, these wines can also make you attuned to terroir, to producer style, to vintage variation and other nuances. Below you'll find a pair of Aglianico wines, a Campanian beauty from De Conciliis and a Puglian gem from Antinori's estate down in the heel of the boot. Aglianico is one of those Italian grapes that was revived from the brink of extinction (Mastroberardino is almost single-handedly responsible for our being able to enjoy it today), and it's a good thing too. Juicy, burly, savory and powerful, Aglianico makes outstanding wines. Drink the two below, and join the Aglianico cult!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Tenute Silvio Nardi's Dazzling 2012 Brunelli
2. Only At IWM:
De Conciliis' Jazzed-Up Way with Aglianico
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Antinori's Muscular Puglian Aglianico
4. Wine Events: Upcoming February Wine Tasting Events