James Suckling Piancornello, 2011 Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino
"This is a soft, delicate and succulent red with dried strawberry, walnut and light cream aromas and flavors. Full body, polished tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Subtle and gorgeous. Drink or hold." –Feb 2016, James Suckling
Vinous Piancornello, 2011 Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino
"The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the more successful wines of the vintage. Sage, lavender, iron, smoke and dark red cherry notes flesh out in a supple, inviting Brunello. A kick of Mediterranean warmth gives the 2011 its generous texture, with all of the elements very much in the right place. I would prefer to drink the 2011 over the next handful of years or so. This is a strong showing from Piancornello."
–Feb 2016, Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate Piancornello, 2011 Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino
"Here's a pretty, ruby-colored Sangiovese from the heart of southern Tuscany. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino shows a lot of purity and red fruit intensity with wild berry and dried cherries in pole position. The wine offers a good sense of depth and balance thanks to those warmer notes of light tobacco and spice that add complexity in a subtle and lasting way. This Brunello is also distinguished by the mouthfeel that is tonic and bright without feeling too ripe or thick. This is a silky and elegant wine with a medium finish." –Aug-16
The Piancornello estate is located in the southern part of Montalcino, where the wines typically show considerable breadth and richness. The soil is of volcanic origin and very rich in small stony material, which gives the wine more structure and complexity. This, along with the steep slope of the vineyard, allow for substantial drainage. The vineyards are 10-20 years old and planted with highly-selected clones in order to give low yields and loose clusters. Vines are grafted on stalks resistant to drought and high summer temperatures.