Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016
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Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016

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750ml

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Category Red Wine
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Region Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
Brand Argiano
Alcohol/vol 14%

Since 1580, the wine cellars at Argiano have been renowned for its great Tuscan wines. Brunello di Montalcino is Argiano’s soul and identity: elegant, fine, and at the same time, full-bodied and built for aging, this wine is always made of 100% Sangiovese from soils composed of marl, ancient clay with high-level of limestone, planted at an altitude from 280 to 310 meters a.s.l.  The vines range in age from 60 to 12 years old, trained in spurred Cordon, and farmed with organic methods, yielding a very quantity of grapes per hectare. 

According to Anthony Gismondi on Wine (est 1979), 'The stylistic approach at Argiano prizes elegance above all else. These are real, terroir-driven wines from a winery that has come to understand its terroir in new ways, even after 440 years. It starts, of course, with renowned soil scientist Dr. Pedro Parra. The talented Chilean identified eight unique terroirs at the winery that includes Argiano’s oldest vineyard, now a single-vineyard Brunello di Montalcino labelled Vigna del Suolo.

There have also been changes in vineyard management since 2012 when Argiano began the transition to farming organically. Biodiversity is a convenient buzz word for many in the wine industry, but it means something at Montalcino. The majority of the region remains covered by forest, with viticulture only one of many agricultural activities.  Talking to Bernardino Sani, Argiano’s CEO & Winemaker, you get the impression that the vineyard is front and center. And the wines tell the same story, with the elegance and balance characteristic of winemaking consultant Alberto Antonini.'  

James Suckling
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A very polished red with cloves and caramel, on top of black cherries, mushrooms and forest floor. Black olives, too. It's full-bodied with polished tannins and lovely depth all the way through. Lightly chewy. Juicy black-cherries and savory black-olive character. Complex.

December 2020
Vinous
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The 2016 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino shows sweet herbs and tobacco with hints of mocha and cedar spice box. It’s silky in texture, coasting across a medium-bodied frame while giving way to tart red berries, with grippy tannins mounting toward the close. A cooling wave of minty herbs and licorice adds much needed freshness, bringing the 2016 into balance throughout the youthfully structured finale. While this was hard to read and quite backward upon opening, it blossomed beautifully in the glass over time.

Eric Guido, November 2020
Wine Advocate
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The Argiano 2016 Brunello di Montalcino shows a lovely transparency to its appearance and follows with lifted red fruit aromas, cassis, wild cherry and blue flower. It is made with a simple approach, fermented in cement tank and aged slowly in oak, and the fruit comes from a 22-hectare site with limestone marl soils. It delivers a lightness and a weightlessness that is not often ascribed to this vintage. No worries, the power of 2016 comes through at the very end in terms of tannins and structure. This ample release of 115,000 bottles will be ready to drink after 2023 when the wine has had time to open and flesh out.

Monica Larner

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