Podere Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2015 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Podere Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2015

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Podere Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2015

SKU 03004

750ml Bottle

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
Region Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
Brand Podere Salicutti
Alcohol/vol 15%
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Wine SpectatorBright cherry and juniper flavors are the main flavor themes, augmented by strawberry, wild thyme, stone and loam notes. Taut, elegant and well-structured, balanced and long. The finish reveals this wine's potential. Best from 2023 through 2045. 525 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson, June 30, 2020
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VinousThe 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione shows an intense display of crushed raspberry and tart cherry, leaning to the darker and spicier spectrum, showing exotic brown spice, cedar, and shavings of baker's chocolate. On the palate, soft textures give way to ripe black cherries with a rich, confectionery note, as brisk acids add energy, and saline-minerals slowly saturate. The finish is long, as residual acids sizzle upon the senses, tapering off to reveal pretty red berry fruits with a savory herbal twist. The 2015 Piaggione is already quite open, coming across as almost creamy on the palate, with vibrant primary fruit that nearly masks its structural core.

Eric Guido, April 2020
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Wine EnthusiastSubdued aromas suggesting iris, French oak and exotic spice emerge on the nose. The dense brawny palate is one-dimensional and rather tired, offering dried black cherry, vanilla and roasted coffee bean alongside the heat of evident alcohol. Close-grained tannins give it a drying finish.

Kerin O'Keefe, May 1, 2020