The “fairy-tale” Brunello 2015s have been universally celebrated by critics such as The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner, who praised the “picture-perfect 2015 vintage” as having wines of “consistently high quality delivered across the board.” It has been our strong recommendation that if you have long been a fan of the extraordinary wines of the Montalcino region, 2015 is an essential vintage to stock up on in volume for any and every producer of note. The spectacular 2015 Brunello di Montalcino from Argiano is certainly one of these wines, as it is an estate that consistently overperforms every year yet remains amazingly affordable. The 2015 is the first official 100% organic vintage for the estate and comes highly recommended from Larner, who has awarded it 95+ points, exalting, “This is a terrific wine and one of the new releases from Montalcino that I happily include on a short list of top recommendations.” Indeed, given the landscape of wine today, the price on release requires a second glance at the outstanding £140 per case of 6 IB. The price when combined with The Wine Advocate score gives Argiano Brunello di Montalcino a Price Over Points ratio of 18. We view anything under 30 as a must buy wine, under 20 is unmissable. At £23 a bottle it soundly earns its place as one of the best value Brunelli of the vintage.
Having first begun producing wines from the noble Sangiovese grape dating back to 1888, Argiano has some of the most historic roots of the entire Brunello di Montalcino region, and is considered “one of the most important estates in Montalcino” by The Wine Advocate. Today, the estate covers 125 hectares, which includes a substantial amount under vine as well as additional biodiversity from olive groves and forests. The vineyards are located in a unique micro-climate on a flat plateau protected by the Amiata mountain at 300m above sea level, which brings cool evenings and subsequent freshness to the grapes. In the last few years there have been many important changes at Argiano including the completion of a state-of-the-art underground winery and a commitment to organic farming which began in 2012, but as of the 2015 vintage is now 100% certified organic.
When producing their flagship Brunello di Montalcino, only the finest 100% Sangiovese grapes are selected and then aged first for one year in French oak barriques and tonneaux, which help to build the wine’s integral structure and then a second year in larger Slavonian oak barrels which allow the wine to achieve its balance. Finally, the maturation is finished in concrete tanks. This throughtful and varied maturation process is how Argiano achieves its signature elegance, purity and freshness as well as the complexity and balance found in only the finest Brunello. 2015 also marks the first vintage of their extremely limited Vigna del Suol cuvée produced from exclusively from a single vineyard of their oldest vines.