To celebrate our best vintages we decide to release a Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, we will issue this wine only in the best vintage with special numbered labels. All the vinification process of this great wine, even the malolactic fermentation, take place in small concrete vats. The best grapes coming form our oldest vineyard of 1984, are picked and selected by hand in small cases and after a soft press vinificated with a cold pre-fermentation and a long maceration with frequent pumping over and delestage, looking for the best extraction for an harmonious texture and a great complexity. After the malolactic fermentation the wine starts the ageing phase in wood, for 24 months in 2nd passage of french wood specially selected. Another year in concrete vats complete the ageing process and without any filtration but just with a static settling the wine is bottled and starts a long bottle ageing. 2007 and 2010 are the latest vintages of Riserva created.
I am absolutely impressed by Argiano's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. The wine veers towards the modern and international side of the Brunello style spectrum. Thanks to the high caliber of the vintage, style does not trump quality. The bouquet peels back to reveal black cherry, black currant, spice, cigar box and rosemary twig. Distant notes of chocolate and toasted almond play supporting roles. The wine offers extraordinary texture with firm tannins that are balanced out against the soft plushness of the fruit. This is a terrific Brunello.