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Goedhuis, April 2020
The towering 2015 Piaggione is a monumental example of the power and density of the vintage. There is superb freshness and energy underpinning this wine and there is a real sense of purity here. A Brunello that stands head and shoulders above many of its peers and a 2015 that will live long in the memory.
Ian D'Agata, April 2020,
Fully saturated red. Captivating aromas of red cherry, strawberry nectar, roses, violet and sweet spices. Dense, juicy and extremely well-balanced, with vibrant flavors of red fruit, spices and minerals complicated by notes of sweet pipe tobacco and coffee. The finish is long, precise and very pure. One of the year’s best Brunellos.
Felix and Sabine Eichbauer bought Salicutti from the original owner Francesco Leanza in 2016. Leanza wanted to retire but with no children of his own, he sold the estate to this charming German couple who, as owners of Michelin starred restaurant Tantris in Munich, had bought the Salicutti wines for their restaurant for many years. With the original wine making team still very much in place, nothing has changed in terms of the philosophy at Salicutti. The processes are as non-interventionalist as it comes, the estate is 100% organic (the first to be certified in Montalcino) and biodynamic winemaking practices are the guiding principles.
Located southwest of Chianti, Montalcino came into its own in the late 1880s when local producer,Biondi-Santi, discovered a Sangiovese clone in his vineyard that was darker in colour than the rest. Its colour, however, was not its only attribute. It produced a wine with notable body, structure and length. He named it ‘brunello' meaning little dark one. This grape's genetic properties along with Montalcino's relatively temperate climate combine to create a wine stylistically different to that of more northerly Chianti. They are usually released approximately 5 years after the vintage following 2 to 4 years ageing in wood. The denomination of Riserva indicates a wine usually produced with more concentrated grapes than the traditional cuvéeand requires a minimum of one additional year of ageing.Today, Montalcino has become one of the most sought after appellations in the Tuscan region.