The Antinori family are perhaps the most important wine making family in Italy. The two fiercely competitive brothers, Piero and Lodovico have created some of the finest Super Tuscans between them and they are largely responsible for pioneering this iconic winemaking movement. Piero is responsible for the famed Tignanello, which we released earlier this week, as well as Solaia and Guado al Tasso. His brother, Lodovico rivals this with his own world renowned heavy weights; Masseto and Ornellaia. As such, Super Tuscans make up the majority of this astounding combined portfolio, however, Piero Antinori has undertaken a classic Tuscan challenge when he bought a 60 hectare Estate in Montalcino in order to create his own Brunello di Montalcino, Pian delle Vigne. Unsurprisingly, since creating the Estate in 1995 he has already gained the respect of this tightly-knit community and is making outstanding wines. The 2012 has received 94 points from James Suckling and we are delighted to offer it today at just £175 in bond per case of six bottles.

The Antinori wines are in extremely high demand, Tignanello sold out almost immediately on Tuesday’s release. The Pian delle Vigne is another superb wine at an even more attractive price point, significantly less than Tignanello and all other Antinori wines. It’s worth noting that Suckling’s average score for the last few vintages of Tignanello is 95 points, so the 94 point ‘Tig of Brunello’ is a fantastic buy at under £30 per bottle. The striking label is hugely recognisable as an Antinori wine and it is the Pian delle Vigne that comfortably displays the lowest price over points score, as demonstrated in the table below.

Antinori Wines (2012)JS ScorePrice (6×75)POP
Guado al Tasso96£29537
Tenuta di Biserno95£33044
Pian delle Vigne94£17525

Brunello di Montalcino has experienced another superb and extremely collectable vintage in 2012. Following his tasting of 100 Tuscan wines in October last year, James Suckling began his report with “Fans of Brunello di Montalcino are in for a treat with the 2012 vintage”. The 2012 Brunello’s have a lot in common with the 2010s and the leading producers have created beautiful wines, preserving the characteristic elegance and finesse of Brunello. Antinori’s wine-making savoir-faire and resources have produced a superb 2012 Brunello that promises so much.

The Pian delle Vigne Estate is cited 3.4 miles south of Montalcino and takes its name from a 19th Century defunct railroad which runs through the property. The vineyard was selected for its superb aspect, where the altitude varies from 430 to 660 feet above sea level. The vineyards have a predominantly south-eastern exposure, while the soil is rich in calcareous matter and small stones; the Antinori family can afford to be extremely selective in vineyard selection, only the best will do.

This is the most affordable wine of the entire Antinori range and one that collectors should buy to enjoy now and over the next ten years. With only 12,000 cases made it will pay to secure this on release.

Antinori Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne 2012, 6×75, £175 IB – 94 Pts, James Suckling

A soft and silky red with plum, chocolate and light coffee character. Medium to full body, well-integrated tannins and a fruity and fresh finish. Drink in 2018. 

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