Deep, clean, elegant, complex, the perception of sweetness on the nose, balanced, and very, very long. As well as the expected warmth and richness and initial flavours of black cherry, cocoa and vanilla, there is an irresistible purity of fruit launched on the back of some bright acidity and finely calibrated tannins. What a phenomenal Brunello.
Pian dell Orino is adjacent to the Biondi Santi property and the area has a long history of being particularly suited for growing grapes for high quality wines. “Our love for Tuscany and passion for viticulture binds us particularly to this land, our vines and the resulting wines”. The wines come from four different vineyards that add up to a total area of six hectares.
The fermentation at Pian dell’Orino is induced by naturally occurring yeasts from the grape skins. Spontaneous fermentation starts between one and three days from the harvest, depending on the vintage. No extra yeasts, no industrial enzymes or further additives are used. Brunello di Montalcino is made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso. Before harvest, the grapes are individually checked on the vines and cluster thinning is done. During harvest, the grapes are checked once more on a large table before being destalked and placed in the fermentation bins. Then the grapes are left to macerate for a certain period, according to the vintage. Spontaneous fermentation starts and the temperature is automatically controlled so that it does not exceed 34°C. The must macerates for three to five weeks, depending on the vintage, to obtain greater concentration and structure in the young wine. The wine is then transferred to wooden oak barrels of 25 hectolitres where the malolactic fermentation takes effect. After 2 – 3 years of maturing in the barrels, when the wine becomes stabilized and appears brilliant, it is bottled without filtration. The wine is left to mature in the bottle for at least one year before labelling and release.