Brunello di Montalcino 2016
JAMES SUCKLING – 97
A very polished red with clover and caramel, on top of balck 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. Drink after 2025.
2021 DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS – 97 Platinum Medal
Exuberant nose showing aromas of strawberry, black cherry, hazelnut and notes of orange peel and tobacco. Perfect ripeness on the palate with fine grained tannins and a long lasting finish.
WINE ENTHUSIAST – 96
ROBERT PARKER WINE ADVOCATE – 94 (recensito da Monica Larner)
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.
Drink date: 2023 – 2040
DOCTOR WINE – 95
WINES CRITIC – 94
VINOUS ERIC GUIDO – 94
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. 2024 – 2034
DECANTER – 93
Under new ownership since 2013, the historic Argiano estate has made a number of positive changes, which include increasing biodiversity, converting to organic viticulture and moving away from small barrels to ageing in larger casks. The vivacious and pure 2016 Brunello is a testament to all of the recent investments. Scented liquorice and tobacco waft temptingly from the glass. Layered and chewy, the palate has a balsamic edge playing off fleshy cherry and plum. Tangy acidity lifts this mouth-filling beauty.
INTRAVINO – 93
Saporito e croccante, leggero, delicato, bocca elegante e netta, lunghezza e dolcezza intrecciate in maniera precisa.
Andrea Gori 93 (Emanuele Giannone 90)
WINE SPECTATOR – 93
The supple texture and medium-body easily support the ripe cherry, raspberry, and plum fruit, while earth, leather, and tobacco add grace notes. Very harmonius, even at this stage, this red is bright and long, with a fruity, and savory aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2042.
JANCISROBINSON.COM – 17/20
Just mid ruby. Cool, perfumed, concentrated cherry nose with just a hint of fruit cake in the background. Pure, tangy and strikingly perfumed sweet cherry and cranberry fruit palate with finely grained tannins. Can be approached now.
Drink 2021 – 2028
Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Suolo DOCG 2016
GARDININOTES.COM – 99+
Historic estate in the Montalcino appellation, enhanced by an impressive zoning activity and minimal environmental impact. The firm’s flagship: aromas of alcohol-infused sour cherries and caper on the nose, a hint of bay leaf on the finish. Saltiness in the mouth and salty closing.
WINES CRITIC – 99
Egocentrico e ricco di personalità imposta grazia e precisione d’esecuzione toccando punte di innaturale bellezza. Delicato e al contempo performante mostra note floreali di canfora, ibisco, gerani, acacia e sambuco. In sottofondo la performance principale viene dalla potenza del succo di mandarino ben fuso a note di caramello salato e prezzemolo tritato. Corpo medio-pieno, tannini incredibilmente setosi all’ingresso al palato ed un finale succoso e brillante che vibra dal centro palato fino alla chiusura sapida e succosa. Che stile! Da una vigna di 4,4 ettari con esposizione est-ovest.
Solo 5200 bottiglie prodotte. Meglio dal 2021
WINE ENTHUSIAST – 98
Made with vines that average 55 years old, this fragrant, single-vineyard Brunello boasts aromas of violet, menthol,
wild berry and spice. Loaded with class and finesse, the delicious, full-bodied palate features Marasca cherry, raspberry
compote, blood orange, licorice and a hint of coffee alongside polished, velvety tannins. A salty mineral note lingers on
the finish. Drink 2024–2046.
INTRAVINO – 98
Lamponi, mentine e ribes nero, carnoso, sapido, sontuoso nel suo incedere, dolce eppure piccante e sapido salato, lunghezza e piacevolezza tannica fuori scala.
Andrea Gori 98 (Emanuele Giannone 96)
DOCTOR WINE – 98
JAMES SUCKLING – 97
Dried cherries, oyster mushrooms, black olives and citrus oil. It’s full-bodied with sleek, ultra fine tannins and a lifted finish. Layers of sour-cherry, bark and umami notes. Burgundian sensibility with purity and intensity. Wait a few years for this to open up. Drink after 2023.
VINOUS ERIC GUIDO – 96+
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Suolo from Argiano lifts up with a minty freshness which gives way to peppery herbs and florals. Medicinal cherry, hints of clove and licorice come forward over time. It is dense and textural, leaning toward black fruits, with a complex web of salty minerals and tannins that penetrate the senses. The 2016 Vigna del Suolo shows remarkable length, yet is currently folded in upon itself, creating what feels like a black hole of structure through the finale, which nearly masks an array of residual spices and perfumes. That said, it’s a long-distance runner that is packed full of potential. 2026 – 2040
ROBERT PARKER WINE ADVOCATE 2016 – 96+ (recensito da Monica Larner)
This special single-vineyard wine comes from a 3.5-hectare site with vines 50- or 60-something years old. The Argiano 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Suolo (with only 5,000 bottles produced) opens to warm earthy notes that evoke the name of the wine: “vineyard of the soil.” The fruit comes through in a second wave with dried raspberry, cassis and dried cherry. But that theme of earthiness permeates the entire experience and is evoked in the powdery dryness of the tannins too. These traits are characteristic of cement fermentation, which this wine does complete, but also of the calcareous marl soils of the site. This is an elegant wine that most certainly needs extra bottle time to gain in depth and volume. A special collaboration with tonnellerie Taransaud was started to create the custom 10-hectoliter oval casks used to age this 5,000-bottle production.
Drink date: 2024 – 2044
VINI BUONI D’ITALIA – CORONA
WINE SPECTATOR – 95
Aromas of wild rosemary and pine lead off in this racy red, which is permeated by flavors of cherry, raspberry and mineral. Vibrant and balanced, with the resonant tannins leaving a chalky feel on the finish. Shows fine intensity and length.
Best from 2024 through 2047. 415 cases made, 100 cases imported.
DECANTER – 95
Argiano’s oldest site, Vigna del Suolo boasts 65-year-old vines of very rare Sangiovese clones. Recent soil mapping with Chilean specialist Pedro Parra has also revealed significant limestone underpinnings in the vineyard. The 2016 sports a smoky, earthy, dusty nose punctuated by dried fennel. Ripe, chalky tannins are currently front and centre, needing time to cede, while sun-soaked berries underneath speak unabashedly of its southern origins. There is much lurking in this textured, packed Brunello, including orange, mint and a twist of salty sea air.
2021 DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS – 92 Silver Medal
Smokey bacon nose with aromas of violets and cassis and nuances of oak spice.
Crunchy structure with youthful ripe tannins.
JANCISROBINSON.COM – 17++/20
Numbered bottles, this is number 2,299 of 5,940.
Mid ruby. Firmer and more closed on the nose than the standard offering. A hint of cinnamon bark and iron. Tangy supple, generous cherry fruit that is not heavy, yet is mouth-filling and with fine coating tannins. Can be approached now. (WS) 14.5%
Drink 2021 – 2028
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
JAMES SUCKLING – 96
This is very opulent with a beautiful texture. A juicy, full-bobied red with complex aromas of dried cherries and flowers, bark, cloves, toast and mushrooms. It’s full-bodied with great fruit and depth and sleek tannins. Long, refined finish. Drink from 2023.
WINES CRITIC – 96
ROBERT PARKER WINE ADVOCATE – 95 (recensito da Monica Larner)
With DNA carefully shaped by Tuscan sunshine and golden light, the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a textbook expression of the vintage. The wine reveals soft and ripe fruit with dark cherry, candied apricot, cola, medicinal herb and aniseed. There is depth and complexity, followed by a powerful mid-palate and textured tannins. This Riserva represents a special selection of fruit from across the estate’s 22 hectares of Brunello. The clay and limestone marl site is located at a breezy 280 to 310 meters above sea level. Production is very small, with just 1,700 bottles made.
Drink date: 2023 – 2040
DECANTER – 93
Argiano’s Riserva comes from a select vineyard planted to one single clone, which gives wines with greater structure. It is the only one of the estate’s three Brunello still aged in small barrels, though the amount of new wood has decreased to 50%. This is well integrated, polished and balanced with lovely soft acidity. The nose is discreet, with warm earth, iron and tea, then opens to mint and tarragon. Sandy tannins stick to the palate with plenty of grip to bolster the sweet fruit. Just wants a little more focus.Drinking Window 2023 – 2033
JAMES SUCKLING – 94/95
Lots of blueberry and blackcurrant aromas with some lavender and black-tea undertones. Full body. Tight and tannic.
FALSTAFF – 94
Tiefdunkles, leuchtendes Granat mit Purpur. Elegante und duftende Nase nach reifer Himbeere und Kirsche, ein Hauch helles Leder, getrocknete Blutorange, im Nachhall elegante.Würze. Elegant auch am Gaumen, spannungsvoll, zeigt sich klar und präzise kompaktes Tannin breitet sich griffig über die Zunge, wirkt mineralisch, im Nachhall lang und klar.
WINE SPECTATOR – 93
A beam of pure blackberry, black currant, iron and earth flavors are accented by vanilla and coconut from the new oak. This red is dense, with nervous tannins that eventually dissolve into the fruit. Decant now and serve with a juicy, grilled steak or lamb chops, or wait 5 years. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Sangiovese. Best from 2024 through 2040.
GARDININOTES.COM – 99
JAMES SUCKLING – 96
This is very structured and linear with currants, blackberries, dried citrus, chocolate and some smokiness. It’s fullbodied, but very tight and structured. Flavorful finish. Try after 2024.
ROSSO DI MONTALCINO DOC 2019
Luca Gardini – 95+
Anche nel Rosso di casa Argiano tutta la croccantezza e sapidità della materia prima. Sangiovese al 100%, naso di piccoli frutti rossi, lampone e ribes, poi alloro e tocchi balsamici, di macchia mediterranea, con bella iodatura finale, la bocca è tesa e densa, i tannini salmastri, il ritorno fruttato-officinale.
Also in the Red of Argiano we find all the crunchiness and sapidity of the raw material. Sangiovese pure 100%, the nose reveals scents of small red fruits, raspberry and red currant, then laurel and balsamic hints, from Mediterranean scrub, closing of iodized hints. The sip is taut and dense, the tannins savoury, the aftertaste fruity-officinal
Wine Critics – 92
Fresco e vibrante al palato mostra note di ciliegie, amarene, succo di mirtilli e fiori di limone. Corpo medio, succoso e centrato offre armonia ed equilibrio ed una bellezza nel sorso di pochi eletti. Bevi ora o invecchia.
DECANTER – 89
Mostly from alluvial soil in the southern part of the appellation, Argiano’s Rosso has plenty of freshness. Cold soaked prior to the fermentation for enhanced colour and aromatics, it is than spontaneously fermented in temperaturecontrolled stainless-steel tanks, with 10 days of maceration on the skins. The Sangiovese for this Rosso ‘was specially selected for fruit and freshness,’ explain Bernardino Sani, CEO and winemaker of the estate. The 2019 is restrained, showing elegant cherry fruit and firm tannins on a crunchy palate. It has good ripeness overall and the typical intensity of a toasty, smoky character.
Drinking Window 2021 – 2023
NON CONFUNDITOR TOSCANA IGT 2019
Luca Gardini – 94+
Come ribattezzato dallo stesso staff di Argiano, un ‘baby Supertuscan’, uno dei blend più entusiasmanti della nuova ondata toscana. Cabernet Sauvignon dominante, al 50%, poi Sangiovese 25%, Merlot 20%, Petit Verdot 5%, naso di visciole sotto spirito, peonia, tocchi di sottobosco al naso, la bocca è altrettanto intensa, densa, fruttata, con tannini sapidi e ritorno delle sensazioni balsamiche.
As the Argiano’s crew use to say, a ‘baby Supertuscan’, one of the most exciting blend of the new Tuscan wave. Cabernet Sauvignon in a leading role, at 50%, then Sangiovese 25%, Merlot 20%, Petit Verdot 5%, sour cherries under spirit, peony, hints of undergrowth at the nose, the mouthfeel is also intense, dense, fruity, with brackish tannins and a balsamic scent that reappears in the aftertaste.
JAMES SUCKLING – 93
Dark berries with walnuts, hazelnuts and white pepper on the nose, following through to a full body with ultra-fine tannins and a chewy yet refined finish.
Needs two or three years to come together. Drink after 2023.
Olio EVO Biologico IGP Toscana ANIMA
BIBENDA 2021 – Cinque Gocce
L’eccellenza in campo oleario e vitivinicolo
In una delle tenute più antiche di Montalcino, costituita da una villa rinascimentale che domina maestosamente i vigneti e gli oliveti, ad Argiano, si porta avanti un lavoro di mappatura e studio approfondito dei terreni, con lo scopo di ottimizzarne l’utilizzo secondo la loro consistenza, stratigrafia e composizione. Un progetto che ha reso l’azienda una vera e propria eccellenza in campo vitivinicolo e oleario.
L’extravergine Anima, di un bel verde smeraldo. presenta delicate sensazioni fruttate e agrumate. seguite da intense note di carciofo, mandorla fresca, cicoria e ravanello. Un olio strutturato. Unica soluzione per contrastare l’acidità predominante della preparazione come in piatti di crudi di pesce marinati al limone. Solo acqua nel bicchiere, in questo caso. Ma se nel piatto ci fosse una tagliata di manzo al rosmarino, o un filetto di Chianina, nella spettacolare produzione vinicola aziendale c’è solo l’imbarazzo della scelta.
Olio extravergine di oliva IGP Toscano biologico Argiano
AIPO – 2 GOCCE