Since 1888, Montalcino‘s finest Sangiovese grapes have been devoted to Brunello di Montalcino, one of the world’s most renowned red wines. For its “Brunello” Argiano selects grapes from its noblest vineyard plots, and ages their wine in two types of wood: for the first year in French barriques (225-litres) to reinforce the wine’s inherent structure, and then for at least another one and half year in larger Slovenian oak casks (botti) to ensure the wine’s concentrated fruit flavours are beginning to soften just as the wine is bottled. Argiano’s winemaker feels the combination of fermenting ripe, concentrated grapes at carefully controlled temperatures, coupled with careful ageing in a selection of different oaks, produces red wines that retain the incredible ageing potential for which Brunello di Montalcino is famed, while keeping the wine flavours as vivid, accessible and appetising as possible.
- Brunello Di Montalcino Docg 2008 – Mastrojanni (mywinechannel.wordpress.com)
- Brunello di Montalcino – Querce Bettina (italianwineimporters.wordpress.com)
- A Tuscan Winery Tour at Castello Banfi in Montalcino Italy (vino-con-vista.blogspot.com)