The Salicutti style impeccably balances power and elegance, and the wines have an almost Burgundian sense of style and grace on the palate. Given the tiny production and stunning quality, Salicutti’s wines are highly sought after, and for good reason, as they have the stuffing to develop with age in the cellar and an elegance that makes them tempting to drink on release. They’re truly magnificent expressions of Sangiovese!
Appellation: Brunello Di Montalcino
Vineyard: Sourced from the Piaggione vineyard.
Orientation: South, southeast at 420-440 meters in elevation.
Soil: Calcareous and marl.
Viticulture: Organic farming. Hand harvested. Half of the vineyard planted in 1994, half planted in 2007.
Vinification: Fermented in stainless steel with ambient yeast. 12 day maceration on the skins.
Aging: Aged in in a mix of oak (5HL neutral Allier casks, 40HL Slavonian oak casks, 10-20 HL french barrels) for 36 months followed by 18 months in the bottle.
Notes: Francesco Leanza, proprietor of Salicutti, was the first producer in Montalcino to attain organic certification.
Fragrant and loaded with finesse, this radiant red offers enticing scents of tobacco, new leather, dark-skinned berry and a whiff of camphor. The elegant structured palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and orange zest set against well-knit fine-grained tannins. It's beautifully balanced, with bright acidity. Give this ample time to develop to its full potential. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 96 Points
Vivid red. Bright floral and extremely clean aromas and flavors of black cherry, strawberry, sandalwood and minerals are lifted by a very strong note of violet. This very fruity and floral Brunello is a remarkably easy-to-drink, downright pretty wine that has sneaky concentration and a captivatingly complex, suave, multilayered finish. Both violet and black cherry notes echo on your palate long after you swallow. Another knockout Brunello from owner Francesco Leanza, who has transformed Salicutti into one of the world’s benchmark Sangiovese estates. - Ian D'Agata, Vinous Media 95+ Points
Salicutti's 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione shows a brilliant ruby appearance that captures the ambient light. This is a classic expression from Montalcino with seamless aromas of wild flower, cassis, smokey ash and Mediterranean herb. The mouthfeel awards an incredible feeling of linearity, precision and focus. This is a wine of pedigree that promises a long aging evolution ahead. The lucky new owners of this estate have purchased a real gem in the Italian winescape. - Robert Parker 95 Points