Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2011

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'Siro Pacenti wines are of the very highest level, and I can't recommend them highly enough...' raved Wine Advocate. Giancarlo Pacenti is a young Montalcinese who is a staunch proponent of a modern approach to making Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino. His fame has grown over the last decade in the press and among consumers. Pacenti, who took over his family's estate in 1988, ages his wines entirely in small barriques, versus the larger barrels which are common in Montalcino. He aims to make clean, rich and intense wines to compete with the best wines in the world. His fruit is sourced from two family-owned vineyards in different areas of Montalcino: one to the NE of town, where the vineyards provide fragrance, silkiness and soft tannins; and the other in the warmer SW area near Sant'Angelo in Colle, known for full-bodied, powerful and structured wines. This combination of terroir gives his wines balance, richness and beauty.

Harvesting is done by hand followed by manual sorting of grapes on appropriate tables before and after the destemming. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled steel tank and aging is done in French oak by 225 liter for 24 months and then in bottle. Total Production: 2500 cases.
Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Brunello di Montalcino
Brand Siro Pacenti
Alcohol/vol 15.5%
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne shows great balance that is due, in part, to the advanced age of the vines (most of which were planted between 1967 and 1972). The wine delivers a very fine, silky quality of tannin and an elegant approach. The bouquet exhibits elements of forest fruit, crushed mineral, balsam herb and wild mushroom. The effect is graceful and nuanced. The nice thing about this wine is that you don't taste any of the fruit ripeness that characterizes this vintage. Those old vines were able to stand up to the summer heat.

Monica Larner, March 2016
  • we93

Wine EnthusiastUnderbrush, sun-baked earth, black spice, menthol and mature dark-skinned fruit aromas jump out of the glass. The bold, full-bodied palate doles out raspberry jam, ripe Marasca cherry, ground pepper and licorice alongside firm, fine-grained tannins that provide seamless support. It's brawny and bold but the refined tannins also lend a measure of finesse.

Kerin O'Keefe, May 1, 2016
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorPlum, black cherry, licorice and menthol aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this rich yet dense red. Fresh and balanced, with fruit and spice elements on the long aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2028. 2,000 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson, June 15, 2016