- 2024 - 2030
- Case size
- Available Later
James Suckling, November 21,
There’s freshness and balance to this 2017 Brunello, with dark-cherry, walnut and dried-flower aromas that follow through to a medium body, firm tannins and a long, vivid finish. Nicely done for the vintage. Drink or hold.
Eric Guido, Vinous, November 21,
The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino Piero is mysteriously dark and heady, the display of smoke and ashen stone evolving to show crushed blackberries, savory herbs and hints of camphor. The textures are velvety and dense, and a wave of mineral-tinged red and black fruits drenches the palate in primary depths of concentration. Beneath it all, a coating of fine-grained tannins settles in, slowly working to encase the senses with youthful tension and poise. Even still, a lasting mix of cherries, black tea and menthol carries on for what seems like a full minute. While I don’t expect this to mature as gracefully as past renditions of the single-vineyard Piero, it’s a total success for the vintage. Drink 2024-2029.
Decanter, November 21,
Talenti’s Piero selection comes from a gently sloping, southeast-facing parcel at 410 metres. Surrounded by forest, the 1.95ha vineyard is characterised by Galestro soil. While aged in a combination of new and second passage French oak tonneaux, the 2017 comes across as less oak driven than in previous vintages. It's articulate and fetching as it conveys chopped green herbs, tobacco and traces of chocolate. Firm, dry tannins frame ripe, concentrated black cherries with rocky, mineral notes tucked in. A compact finish promises solid mid-term drinking. Drinking Window 2023 - 2030.
ML, February 22,
The Talenti 2017 Brunello di Montalcino Piero is softly contoured and nicely balanced with a plush and enriched side that contrasts heavier aromas of spice and smoke. The wine reaches good balance while showing some of the density and extra concentration that you might associate with a hot vintage such as 2017. Drink 2024-2038.
Riccardo Talenti’s Brunellos are a real find. It was in the 1950s that Pierluigi Talenti fell in love with the rolling hills of Montalcino and bought the Pian del Conte estate in the south east of the appellation. He immediately began pioneering clonal research into the Sangiovese grape, which at the time was unheard of. Today his grandson Riccardo is at the helm and works to the same principles: an utmost respect for tradition whilst embracing innovation. Talenti’s wines age brilliantly. There is an intensity and structure to the Brunellos, yet the tannins always remain silky and elegant.
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.