2013 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino

What a wispy cheerful carefree little spright of a wine.

The synesthesia was very light red, almost pink - I didn’t get any of the purples or browns or blacks that I usually associate with Brunello or Chianti.

I want to say that it’s the most elegant Sangiovese I’ve ever tasted, but it doesn’t present itself like a Sangiovese - I suspect you could sneak this wine as a ringer into a tasting of Northern Rhone Syrah or Cote de Nuits Pinot or Loire-ish Cults or aged Jura Poulsard, and befuddle the experts.


About $50 retail.

If I were a rich man, this would be my house wine, and if I saw it on restaurant wine list, then I wouldn’t hesitate to throw $100 at it.

Agostina Pieri is our house favorite Brunello (originally because my wife loved the label and we shared a bottle on our honeymoon one night), but it’s a steal at the price, sometimes even being found for closer to $40.

If you connect with them on social media, they’ll sometimes have some special releases offer different via email (scored some 98 bottles out of their cellar two years ago that we’re delicious and have some magnums of their 08 Rerserve on the cellar).

A man with a vision. Not traditional, but the way they farm, the purity, more than makes up for any perceived shortcoming. Always a great value, and what’s in the glass is more likely to (over) satisfy, than disappoint. Agostina Pieri – ItalianWine.blog

I tasted this 2013 at Benvenuto Brunello in Montalcino (February, 2018), and after I tasted, I merely looked at Francesco, and nodded; a subtle grin on each of our faces served as a perfect substitute for words.

thanks for the note

Popped a 2010 about a year ago. It will be beautiful in 10-15 years.