2004 Pian Cornello Brunello Di Montalcino
"PianCornello opens with very nice intensity and a dark Brunello color with aromas of cured meat, ripe blackberry and exotic spice. Itâ€™s a bigger, thicker expression of the wine with firm tannins and ripe berry flavors backed by just enough acidity to keep the palate refreshed." -91 points Wine Enthusiast
"Enticing blackberry, floral and cedar. Full-bodied, with layers of ripe tannins and loads of fruit. Massive wine. Chewy. Bit coarse but impressive. Very extracted. Perfectly suitable with grilled or braised meats and the heartiest of classic Tuscan dishes." -Importer
"The estate vineyard at Piancornello was bought by the Pieri Family in 1950. The fruit was sold to other Montalcino producers until they began making there own wine starting with the 1990 vintage. Silvana Pieri owns the estate and her son Claudio Monaci is the winemaker. Piancornello takes its name from the hamlet just South of Montalcino where the winery is located. Because of the warm climate this is considered one of the finest areas of Brunello." -Importer
"The vineyards are located on moderately sloped hills with rocky, volcanic soils and southern exposures. The clones at Piancornello were chosen carefully in order to have low yields and looser bunches. A modern winemaking facility has been built in front of the old cellar. The new facility is humidity controlled with ample provisions for the various barriques and traditional 30 hectolitre barrels employed by the winery." -Importer
This scored 89 points by Antonio Galloni from the Wine Advocate, 88 points in the Wine Spectator, and 88 points by Stephen Tanzer of the International Wine Cellar.