Harvest Date: Hand-harvested in early October
Aging: 36 months in barrels of Slavonian oak, 18 months in stainless steel tanks, 18 months in bottle.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red verging on garnet. On the nose the wines has an ethereal bouquet with scents of plum jam and hints of vanilla and spices. On the palate it is robust, warm, pleasant and harmonious.
Vineyard Notes: Vineyard location: The vineyards on the Abbadia Ardenga estate situated on the Sienese slope of the hill of Montalcino. South-west exposure. The average yield is 50 quintals/Ha
Production Notes: The fermentation happens in stainless steel talks, at controlled temperature for a period of 18 days. After that the wine is aged for 36 months in Slavonian oak barrels followed by 18 months and stainless steel thanks and 18 months in the bottle.
Winemaker Notes: Brunello di Montalcino Riserva in only produced in exceptional vintages, awarded with five stars. In these vintages, the wine is very complex and well-structured. Hence, as described in the Production Regulations, it needs a longer ageing period to best express all its characteristics.
Food Pairing: All the savoury dishes of traditional cuisine, especially stews and ripe Pecorino cheese
Other Notes: Abbadia Ardenga, a winery which is part of the history of Brunello di Montalcino, is extremely special and definitely worth visiting, not only for its products but also for its outstanding charm. The estate has a very long history, having once belonged to the powerful Piccolomini family, whose members included Pope Pius II, responsible for the construction of the town of Pienza, a masterpiece of the Renaissance.