Region: Montalcino, Tuscany
Brunello di Montalcino 2013, 96 points, Vinous Media Luminous full red. The lively, perfumed nose combines red cherry, blueberry, minerals and flinty aromas. Rich and densely packed, showing captivating peppery lift to the very ripe red and blue fruit flavors. I distinctly remember just how deceptively accessible this was when I tasted it with Alessia Salvioni in her small cellar in downtown Montalcino back in February 2017; it has continued to develop nicely since then and really showcases the depth, solid structure and length to support a long, graceful evolution in bottle. Knockout Brunello from one of the quality leaders of Montalcino and all of Italy.
Salvioni’s wines have long served as a testament to the elegance Brunello is capable of. They thrive on spellbinding aromatics, finesse, and a nuanced, understated beauty. It’s no surprise that they are some of the most aggressively hunted wines in the region. Salvioni is a traditionalist who has meticulous standards and an exacting hands-on approach. Combine it with very well-placed sites and you get one of the most soulful expressions of Sangiovese you’ll ever encounter. Salvioni only has 4ha and is hard to come in a normal vintage.