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Silvio Nardi’s Dazzling 2012 Brunello Duo! And Aglianico Two Ways!
February 9, 2017
A Note from Sergio

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!

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

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

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Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 1.5L
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 1.5L
Price: $114.99

A terrific choice for Brunello fans who love the wine’s trademark bright acidity, this ’12 bottling from Silvio Nardi layers its tart red and blue fruits on a foundation of leather, spices, crushed violet petals and cedar-strewn earth.  This wine whooshes across the palate, scattering chewy tannins that stud the cheeks and building to a resonant finish. Structured and balanced, this ’12 Brunello could use a couple of years in the cellar before true enjoyment. A cuvée of grapes grown in Silvio Nardi’s vineyards, the grapes for this Bruenllo ferment in temperature-controlled tanks for about twenty days; the wine in a combination of French oak barriques, both new and used, as well as in botti, and it finishes with six months in bottle before release. more info
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara 2012 1.5L
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara 2012 1.5L
Price: $189.00

Cherries and berries roll in freshly turned loam, warm baking spices, new leather, crushed flower petals and fresh-cut herbs in this ’12 Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara. Velvety yet vibrant, this cru Brunello sneaks up on the palate, delivering deceptive power in its muscular, taut body. Though it needs some time in the cellar to mature, this is wine for people who privilege transparent expressions of terroir; it’s dazzling in its purity. Deriving from the southeast-facing Manachiara vineyard that sports 45-year-old vines growing in quartz and clay soils, the grapes for this wine ferment for 22 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine ages for 18 months in barriques, one year in botti, and two years in bottle before release. more info
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 3L
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 3L
Price: $239.00

A terrific choice for Brunello fans who love the wine’s trademark bright acidity, this ’12 bottling from Silvio Nardi layers its tart red and blue fruits on a foundation of leather, spices, crushed violet petals and cedar-strewn earth.  This wine whooshes across the palate, scattering chewy tannins that stud the cheeks and building to a resonant finish. Structured and balanced, this ’12 Brunello could use a couple of years in the cellar before true enjoyment. A cuvée of grapes grown in Silvio Nardi’s vineyards, the grapes for this Bruenllo ferment in temperature-controlled tanks for about twenty days; the wine in a combination of French oak barriques, both new and used, as well as in botti, and it finishes with six months in bottle before release. more info