Antinori Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne 2015

The 2015 vintage for Brunello di Montalcino is considered to be in the same league “as the all-time greats of 1997, 2006, 2007, and 2010” according to critic James Suckling. Just last week Vinous released not one but two back to back reports detailing this thrilling vintage in which Ian d’Agata encouraged his readers that “Wine lovers everywhere are in for a real treat with Montalcino’s latest releases. The 2015 Brunellos are some of the best in recent memory.” Today it is an honour to be able to offer a Brunello di Montalcino from arguably the most important and influential wine-making family in all of Italy, the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne from the Antinori family. While the Antinoris may be better known for their world famous “Super Tuscans” Tignanello and Solaia, which rely upon Bordeaux blends. Their expertise in the Tuscan wine-making region is unparalleled which was proven by the addition of Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne to their portfolio in 1995.

The 2015 vintage is proof of this Estate’s impeccable pedigree earning 94 points just last week from Eric Guido who will soon be taking over the Tuscan beat full-time at Vinous. Guido positively waxes lyrical about the “alluring display of hauntingly dark florals giving way to crushed black cherry, plums, and tobacco, with hints of spiced citrus and undergrowth adding further depths. On the palate, silky textures flood the senses with ripe red and black fruits, carried by vibrant acids, as sweet spices and minerals slowly saturate, and fine tannin begins to mount toward the finale. The finish is long and structured, resonating on zesty wild berry fruits, spice, and minerals; yet its tannic heft keeps it all in check.” Suckling was equally taken with the wine with bestowing it with another 94 points and describing it as, “Full-bodied and rich, but there’s savory edge to the plush, juicy tannins, and lots of weight and density.” We are thrilled to be able to offer this brand new release to you today at the price of £210 per case of six or at a special discounted price of £190 per case 6 when purchasing two or more cases. As per the table below, the 2015 is easily the best value vintage currently available in the market today. This does not take into account the unmissable opportunity we are able to present purchasing an “all-time great vintage” from one of Italy’s most legendary names for under £200 a case. This is certainly an essential purchase for the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino vintage.

Wine Vintage Vinous JS Price IB
Pian delle Vigne 2015 94 94 £210 £190
Pian delle Vigne 2014 92 90 £260
Pian delle Vigne 2013 91 94 £210
Pian delle Vigne 2012 91+ 94 £210
Pian delle Vigne 2011 88 N/A £210
Pian delle Vigne 2010 92 96 £330

It is said that the Antinori family are the most important and influential wine-making family in Italy; famed for creating the vanguard of Super Tuscan wines, Tignanello. Along with Tignanello, Piero Antinori also created the great Guado al Tasso and Solaia which are found in the Chianti Classico and Bolgheri regions. It is noteworthy that Piero’s brother, Ludovico, created the great Ornellaia and Masseto and together they have recently fashioned the utterly superb Tenuta di Biserno. The Pian delle Vigne estate is sited 3.4 miles south of Montalcino and takes its name from a 19th Century defunct railroad which runs through the property. There is a historic divide and rivalry between Chianti and the tightly-knit Montalcino growers’ community. As such when Piero Antinori bought the sixty hectare Brunello estate, Pian delle Vigne in 1995 he was considered an outsider. He selected this vineyard for its superb aspect, where the altitude varies from 430 to 660 feet above sea level as well as the predominantly south-eastern exposure and soils rich in calcareous matter and small stones. As with all of their wines, the Antinori family can afford to be extremely selective in vineyard selection, guaranteeing the very highest quality in every project and at every price point.

Pian delle Vigne, 94 Points, Eric Guido, Vinous Media

The nose shows an alluring display of hauntingly dark florals giving way to crushed black cherry, plums, and tobacco, with hints of spiced citrus and undergrowth adding further depths. On the palate, silky textures flood the senses with ripe red and black fruits, carried by vibrant acids, as sweet spices and minerals slowly saturate, and fine tannin begins to mount toward the finale. The finish is long and structured, resonating on zesty wild berry fruits, spice, and minerals; yet its tannic heft keeps it all in check. The 2015 Pian delle Vigne is one of the few wines of the vintage that requires some time in the cellar, and with this balance of primary fruits, acids, and structure, it should emerge as something to behold. 

Pian delle Vigne, 94 Points, James Suckling

Quite reductive and earthy, but opens to show tidy cranberries and glazed red cherries. Hints of citrus and spice. Full-bodied and rich, but there’s savory edge to the plush, juicy tannins, and lots of weight and density. Drink from 2024.

To buy this wine please email sales@igwines.com or telephone +44 (0)20 3957 5582. Offer subject to availability.