Abbadia Ardenga Brunello Riserva

Winery: Abbadia Ardenga

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: Brunello Di Montalcino riserva

Wine Category: Brunello Di Montalcino

Grape blend: 100% Sangiovese

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Montalcino

State or country: Italy

Price: $50.00

ABV: N/A

Cases produced: N/A

The Barrel Cellar Score:  92 points

Review date: June 9, 2019

About the Winemaker: Abbadia Ardenga winery is a historic place in Tuscany.  The property sits on a road long traveled by merchants, armies, and countless other travelers on their way to or from Rome.  The deep and pure well on the land undoubtably was a welcome sight along that long road and continues to be a valuable resource. The property once belonged to a powerful family whose members included Pope Pius II. I visited this property on two separate occasions. The property is beautiful with rolling hills, vineyards, and charm unique to Tuscany.   

Color:  Crimson

Nose:  Cherry, smoke, and oak

Taste: Cherry, dried herbs, earth, tobacco and oak Finish: tea leaves

Assessment: Medium bodied and dry. I love Brunello di Montalcino for its reserved acidity, bold tannins, and strong character. This release doesn’t disappoint. While I’ve never had a Brunello I didn’t like, this is a well-made and enjoyable wine that offers little I can complain about. Will continue to evolve with further aging, but ready to decant and drink now.

Pairing recommendation:  Aged Cheese, grilled or cured meats.

Abbadia Ardenga Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 is an exceptional wine.  92 points

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