Brunello di Montalcino, 2006

  Siro Pacenti

Brunello di Montalcino

Bright, clear and red-fruited, very much in the style of this beautifully balanced and lively Brunello vintage, restrained at first but expanding gradually the longer its opened into notes of red cherry, kirsch and griotte, cocoa bean, undergrowth, herbs, stones and spices supported by velvet tannins, pure and really quite measured for a Brunello, with a long, powerful crescendoing finish. 13 months after ageing, rigorous cellar tastings take place and the decision for what will be the final Brunello blend is made. The Brunello then complete a further 24 months of barriques ageing followed by 18 months in bottle.

Contains Sulphites.

About Siro Pacenti

A Montalcino estate that was founded in 1970 by Siro Pacenti which 1988 has been bottling and labelling up its own wines. The estate is situated on the north side of Montalcino, at Pelagrilli. There are 20ha of vines situated at Pelagrilli and also on the south side of Montalcino at Piano. The altitude ranges from 330 to 150 metres above sea level. The Brunello is aged for 24 months in a third new oak all barriques followed by 18 months in bottle. Only the Sangiovese grapeis used an all bunches are de-stalked before fermentation. Siro Pacentis Brunellos are beautifully measured, refined and balanced with a subtle modern twist, they offer traditional Brunello power yet offer a good degree of restraint and poise.

Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino

An important Tuscan DOCG known for the production of intensely powerful red wines made from the Brunello clone of Sangiovese which reaches levels of richness and structure not found elsewhere in Tuscany. The climate is arid and warm though cooled by a maritime breeze from the south west. The zone is essentialy split into two: a warmer southern region that producers earlier drinking, fuller wines, and the Northern, higher altitude zone on Galestro soils that produces more aromatic, finer examples. Brunello di Montalcino wines are released four years after the harvest, following extended ageing in cask, normally around three years. Rosso di Montalcino is the younger stablemate of Brunello; always 100% Sangiovese but bottled and released after only one year of ageing. Rossos are usually lighter and more approachable young than the famously long lived Brunellos.

Grape Type: Sangiovese

Meaning Blood of Jove, or Jupiter, Sangiovese is the noble grape of Chianti, Carmignano, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montpulciano. A fussy grape to grow, but when done properly can produce some of the world’s most enthralling red wines. It can produce lively, sappy young reds with juicy, cherry flavours, as well as more concentrated, long-lived, oak-matured reds with superb, savoury, herb and spice flavours. Quality has soared over the last year as productive clones have been grubbed up and since the old practices of blending it with weak, lean white grape varieties have died down.