Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2010 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 95] [WE 90]

Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2010
(Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 95] [WE 90]

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Agricola Centolani is a world-famous wine estate located in the heart of Montalcino, one of the most evocative villages in legendary Tuscany. Brunello di Montalcino, one of the world’s top wines, grows here in the Siena area, amid Valle d’Arbia’s stark landscape and Valle d’Orcia’s wild, sunny stretches. The Peluso Centolani family owns the homonymous company and possesses two major wine estates in Montalcino: Tenuta Friggiali, with cellars and offices, and Tenuta Pietranera, whose vineyards, olive groves, arable land and woods cover approximately 200 hectares.

Production area: South-east side of Montalcino
Soil characteristics: Marly,with a little component of slime and clay
Height of the vineyards: 220 mt a.s.l.
Plantation of the vines: Cordone speronato
Density of plants: 3.500 plants/in the old vineyards;6.000 plants/in the new ones
Date of harvest: The first half of October
Fermentation method: Grapes are picked from the bunch and softly squeezed; the maceration takes place in stainless steel vats for a period of 25 days with repeated wine-pressings and delestages. During this phase the alcoholic fermentation is completed and controlled at a temperature of 28-30 °C.
Maturing method: After the fermentation method has been completed, the wine spends 24-30 months in Slavonian oak barrels of 50 hectolitres. It is then aged for another 6 months in stainless steel vats,and at least 12 months in the bottles before being put on the market,at the beginning of the fifth year after the harvest.
Colour: Intense ruby-red,with a tendency to garnet-red with the ageing
Perfume: Round,intense well-balanced,with a long finish
Taste: Complex,elegant,full-bodied,velvety
Couplings: Red meat and game, matured cheeses and complex dishes
Drinking temperature: 18 °C,to uncork 1-2 hours before being served
Specifications: Alcohol content: 13,50%; Total acidity: 5,50 g/l; pH:3,74; Extract:34 g/l

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - James Suckling:
"Lots of plums, balsamic undertones, meats and spices. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Tangy and bright. Linear and refined. Lots of sweet oranges and plums. A deep and powerful wine. Better in 2018." - (October 1st, 2015)

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Aromas of espresso, underbrush, leather, dark spice, mature black-skinned fruit and a suggestion of oak lead the way. The firm palate offers dried black cherry, mocha, vanilla and star anise alongside fine-grained tannins that leave a dusty finish. - KK (May 2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Pietranera is a toned and streamlined wine that offers a good sense of the underlying fruit. You get pretty berry detailing with cassis, dried cranberry and blueberry. The bouquet is delicate and feminine. This Riserva shows medium astringency and some sour cherry notes on the finish. The wine is a little tight and nervous now, but should soften with time." - Monica Larner (March 2016)

Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media:
"Dark red cherry, iron, crushed flowers, mint and tobacco make a strong first impression in the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. Powerful and intense, with plenty of inner sweetness, the Riserva is one of the more overly ripe wines of the year, its potent tannins notwithstanding. I find the wine's candied sweetness a bit distracting, especially at this level." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2016)