Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2010
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino|
An unforgiving, powerfully structured wine with fabulous grilled-meat, granite, dried-berry and flower-petal character. Full-bodied, chewy and intense. Great structure. Extremely long and intense. Sexy austerity. Gets the juices going. Best ever from here. Reminds me of the great Argianos of the 1970s. Better in 2017 or 2018.
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino jumps from the glass with notable energy and precision. Grilled herbs, smoke, tobacco, rose petal and mint are all beautifully delineated in the glass. Distinctly savory and mineral notes add complexity to the expressive, stone-inflected fruit in a chiseled, pulsating Brunello endowed with considerable energy. The tannins need time to soften, but Argiano's 2010 is unquestionably a winner.
Dense and beefy, featuring a core of cherry, augmented by tobacco, spice and earth flavors. Feels like it may be closing down, but all the components are there. Long finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. 10,000 cases made.
Underbrush, savory herb, leather and dark-skinned fruit aromas mingle in the glass. The firm, structured palate delivers mature plum, black cherry, vanilla, licorice and a confectionary note alongside assertive tannins. Drink 2018-2028.