Podere Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2010


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Podere Salicutti is a high quality estate located in Montalcino, and one of the leading figures in the tiny, yet burgeoning “Natural Wine” movement in the Brunello appellation. It is run meticulously by Francesco Leanza who left his career as a chemical engineer in Rome to dedicate himself full-time to Podere Salicutti in 1995. Leanza originally purchased the property in 1990 and immediately began reviving the olive grove and renovating the building on the estate. A few years later, he set out to revive the vineyards, which he had begun replanting in 1994. Organic viticulture is extremely important to Leanza, and all much of the vineyard work is done by hand with the use of machines kept to a minimum to preserve the life of the soils. Leanza was the first producer in Montalcino to be certified organic. He believes that a vineyard must be treated like a beloved garden and that a vineyard will give better fruit if it is loved and well cared for.

Leanza makes under 9,000 bottles of Brunello each year. His style impeccably balances power and elegance, and the wines have almost a Burgundian sense of style and grace on the palate. He believes in showcasing the personality of each vintage in the wine, rather than over-working the vinifications to make more than nature gave. Given the tiny production, Salicutti’s wines are sought after, and for good reason, they have the stuffing to develop with age in the cellar though they have an elegance that makes them tempting to drink on release as well.
Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
Brand Podere Salicutti
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VinousA dark, dense wine, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione is going to need time to fully unwind, as the tannins are quite imposing. Tobacco, cedar, dried herbs, mint and roasted coffee beans lift effortlessly from the glass. On the palate, the wine is less giving, but there is quite a bit of underlying energy and tension. Dried rose petal, lavender and sage add the final notes of complexity on the savory, saline-infused finish. There is a lot going on, but readers need to be patient. The 2010 was bottled a bit later than normal, so I will not be surprised to see it blossom quite a bit over the next few years. 94+