Make no mistake, 2015 is a GREAT vintage in Brunello. Seriously - the big houses are now so expensive and retailers have a hard time making a profit margin on them. This is an exceptional smaller house and the quality in this bottle stands out. Unlike many Brunellos that don't allow you to access them for years, this wine does allow you to cheat. Drink it now or in 20 years; not a bad wine to collect! I love the review by VINOUS and think it's spot on, except I think the score is light...I will only echo the score plus one.
94 points - Ian Blackburn, Wine Buyer
Overview of the Wine
When Francesco Monaci established this winery, he had no idea of the frenzy his wines would inspire. In only a handful of vintages, his Brunello and Rosso have become some of Montalcino’s most sought-after wines. A nephew of Consorzio President and famed producer, Giancarlo Pacenti, Francesco had long dreamed of making great wines in the Montalcino area, but was not able to find the perfect vineyard until 1991. The steep Sangiovese vineyard that he finally found, in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, offered the potential to realize his goal.
The seven-hectare vineyard he found is perfectly situated, with a full southern exposure. This allows for incredible ripeness even in the old, low-vigor Sangiovese clones he favors. Grapes are harvested by hand and then strictly sorted to eliminate sub-standard fruit. The fermentation takes 25-30 days in vat and stainless steel before racking into large Slavonian oak casks and smaller French oak barriques. Only the finest lots are selected for Brunello.
This is one domain that takes great pride in its Rosso, treating it much like the Brunello. Pieri is the only producer ever to earn Gambero Rosso’s prestigious Tre Bicchieri score for a “mere” Rosso di Montalcino. That wine, the 1995, caused a sensation with its amazing concentration and persistance— it easily outpaced most Brunellos and set a new benchmark for the appellation.
And, always looking to push his wines further, Francesco began collaborating with Fabrizio Moltard in the 2002 vintage. Together, they aim to enhance the expressive sense of place that a unique vineyard, and unique appellation, can produce.
Grape / Blend
93 Points - Vinous
The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is dark and woodsy, opening with a note of wild herbs, moist earth, and leather, as the bouquet slowly blossoms to show crushed strawberries with subtle spices, which pull me closer to the glass. It’s silky on the palate, flooding the senses with black and red fruits, with a mix of sweet and savory spice, as herbal tones develop amidst saline minerals and dark inner florals. The finish is long, resonating on dark fruits and balsamic spice, offset by brisk acids and hints of citrus. I pick up little in the way of structural heft here; in fact, the 2015 Agostina Pieri is already drinking beautifully and somehow balances its 15.5% abv perfectly.
Product Size: 750ml