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Siro Pacenti has always had an eye towards the future, embracing modern developments and technology, while maintaining the rich traditions of Brunello production. He started this eponymous estate in 1970 with the purchase of a five-hectare vineyard in the Canalicchio district just to the north of Montalcino. Siro’s son Giancarlo Pacenti took the reins in 1988 and quickly established the estate as one of the leading names in the region. Trained in Bordeaux, he fuses the best of modern cellar technology with progressive farming techniques, including biodynamic practices. The aim here is to arrive at the purest possible expression of the land. Please discard any preconceptions you might have surrounding the word “modern”; these are some of the most elegant, agile, linear wines from this region you will ever taste.
The Pelagrilli vineyard is their original holding, just to the north of the town of Montalcino, consisting of sandy clay. The vines are fertilized with compost made on-site and pollinated by the estate's very own hive of bees. Giancarlo insists on new oak for reasons of cleanliness: he emphatically does notwant vanilla or clove flavors in his wines. The wood for his barrels is seasoned at least twenty years and barrels are given a very light toast. The Brunello's are bottled after 2 years in barrel to preserve freshness and avoid excessive oak influence.
Aging: 24 months in French oak.
Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese. Brick red in color with aromas of dried rose petal cedar on the nose. The palate is finely structured with tight-knit tannins and layered flavors of cacao, dried herbs, and black cherries.
Luminous, rich ruby garnet. Clear and memorable nose, smells intensely of ripe plums and dark cherries, some macchia herbs in the background. Shows a lot of juicy, ripe fruit on the palate, like blackberries and raspberries, appealing density, unfolds with fine-meshed tannins, firm pressure in the finish. ~93 Falstaff
Very pretty black-cherry and fresh-mushroom character on the nose. Medium-bodied with integrated, polished, and chewy tannins. Flavorful finish. Slightly austere at the end, but still very attractive. Drink or hold. ~92 James Suckling
Underbrush, camphor, tobacco, and oak aromas mingle with wild berry. On the linear full-bodied palate, fine-grained polished tannins and bright acidity support Marasca cherry, raspberry, baking spice, and espresso. ~92 Wine Enthusiast
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