Notwithstanding the fact that wines in Ontario are generally more expensive than other places on planet earth, save the province of Quebec, this 100% Sangiovese based beauty from Tuscany remains a bargain for a Brunello.
SukasaStyle readers may recall that in August we recommended the 2006 Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino and recently had the good fortune of drinking the 2004 vintage, a gift from a friend who had traveled to Tuscany.
While the 2006 vintage received 4.5 / 5 Sukasa Stars the firm tannins, muscular style, and complexity of the 2004, which has had some more time to age, made it a better wine (for our palate). It was an excellent wine and further proof that the Peluso Centolani family remains dedicated to their craft. The 2004 Pietranera scored 4.65 / 5 Sukasa Stars and would retail for much more than the current retail price point for the 2007 vintage were it available.
Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino 2007 (Italy)SCORE: 93 PRICE: $37.95
Relatively fresh and vibrant for a six-year-old Brunello, this regal Tuscan sangiovese offers penetrating, liqueur-like plum and cherry fruit mixed with an earthy, forest-floor quality and sweet tobacco. For Brunello it’s a bargain, full-bodied but hardly heavy, a red that should cellar well for another decade. Available in Ontario.
The holiday's are often a time to spend extra on life's epicurean pleasures.
To this end the LCBO promotes a number of wines at significantly higher price points than this but our recommendation this #WineWednesday is to give the gift of Pietrenera Brunello di Montalcino this Christmas, whether it is for friends or a treat for your own cellar.
If you can't resist the temptation of opening up a bottle for yourself over the holidays remember to decant for at least an hour before serving.
It remains the perfect accompaniment for game meats, strong flavoured cheeses and rich dishes -- in other words holiday fare.