Podere Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2016
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino|
The Salicutti 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione draws its fruit from a small 1.2-hectare parcel that sits a little lower in altitude on this beautiful bijou estate. Piaggione is one of the historic single-vineyard wines made here, and its personality is generous, open knit and elegant. The oak is well integrated and the wine offers taut, fresh and pure fruit intensity. There are bright berry and sour cherry aromas with blue flower, rosemary and a touch of crushed stone. Production for this pretty wine is 7,760 bottles.
This red is fresh and vibrant, but with a meatiness to its cherry, plum, earth, tar and cigar box flavors. A hint of spice on the lingering finish suggests a light touch of new oak. Best from 2024 through 2045. 646 cases made.
Aromas of baked plum, coconut, camphor and rose mingle together on this enveloping red. The concentrated, full-bodied palate offers cherries marinated in spirits, licorice and tobacco set against tightly packed, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2026-2036.
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione is youthfully restrained and folded in upon itself. With coaxing, an understated and perfumed display of bright strawberries, plums and dusty florals comes forward. It's silky and pliant, ushing in ripe red fruits, hints of sweet spice and licorice. Fine-grained tannins make themselves known through the finish, presenting a classically dry and lightly structured expression. While this may be the more refined expression from Salicutti in 2016, the Piaggione comes across as lacking its usual precision. That said, it still makes for highly enjoyable glass of Brunello.