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Brunello di Montalcino

"Riccardo Talenti is a protagonist in a group of young and dynamic vintners that are bringing fresh energy and enthusiasm to Montalcino"
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

Talenti was founded in 1980 by Pierluigi Talenti and is now run by his grandson Riccardo. Riccardo has introduced considerable improvements in vineyards and cellar and the wines consistently receive high acclaim from all the prominent Italian wine critics. The grapes, from extremely low-yielding vineyards, are hand-picked and sorted on a vibrating table, and fermented in modern temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The wines are aged in large casks made from either Slavonian or French oak, as well as in smaller French oak barrels.

For now, Talenti's Brunelli remain some of the finest values in the region. We only have a very small allocation of the latest releases and older vintages are all but impossible to find. Please click the links to order online.

ETA  April 2021

2016 Brunello di Montalcino

30 Bot @ £175 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£226.07 duty & VAT paid

5 Mag @ £70 each, in bond
£89.35 duty & VAT paid

Riccardo Talenti sources fruit from five vineyards spread out between higher elevations of Sant'Angelo in Colle and lower elevations of Castelnuovo dell'Abate to create a southern yet wonderfully balanced expression of Brunello, one that is capable of pleasing a broad range of palates. 

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino boasts a striking display of balsamic-tinged cherry and autumnal spice with a twist of sour citrus really appealing to the senses. It’s silky and pliant with a gorgeous display of ripe red and hints of black fruit. There’s a sweet and sour element here that I find quite attractive, as the 2016 gains a tactile feel toward the close through a mix of brisk acids and rounded tannins. The length and classic structure on the finish completes the expression, leaving dark florals and mineral earth tones. Talenti remains one of the best values in age-worthy Brunello in the market. That said, it’s also worth checking in on a bottle early to enjoy all of its primary intensity. 2022-2034
94 points Eric Guido, Vinous

2015 Brunello di Montalcino
Riserva, Pian di Conte


30 Bot @ £280 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£352.07 duty & VAT paid

3 Mag @ £105 each, in bond
£131.35 duty & VAT paid

...the Pian di Conte Riserva, a vineyard selection from the oldest vines surrounding the cellar at 400 meters, vinified in stainless steel and matured in Slavonian and Allier oak barrels for thirty-six months. It’s one of a handful of Riservas that actually communicates a deeper and richer expression than the house Brunello, with the capacity for a long and balanced evolution in the cellar. 

It will be hard to keep our hands off of the 2015 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Pian di Conte long enough to watch it fully mature. It opens up with a dark and alluring display of sweet herbs, tobacco and crushed black cherries, as hints of white smoke, sage and cedar add further depths. It’s velvety and pliant, cast over a core of motivating acidity and cooling minerals, creating a push and pull between ripeness and tension. Fine tannins lurk deep beneath it all, yet they never get in the way of the 2015’s long-lasting wild berry fruits and balsamic spice. Give this a few years in the cellar for maximum pleasure. 2024-2034
95 points Eric Guido, Vinous

2016 Brunello di Montalcino Piero

24 Bot @ £480 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£592.07 duty & VAT paid

...with the 2015 vintage, Talenti releases their first single-vineyard wine, the Brunello di Montalcino Piero, which emerges from a two-hectare parcel first planted by PierLuigi Talenti in the 1970s. The 2015 is one of the top wines of the vintage, and the 2016 is an excellent follow-up, once again ranking high in my tastings. The best part is that the house Brunello hasn’t suffered at all from separating this fruit from the blend. 

The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Piero is an excellent follow-up to the 2015 that wowed me earlier this year. It takes a much more refined and darkly alluring approach, as an air of crushed stone gives way to masses of blackberry and cherry, further blossoming to show notes of sage, a dusting of cedar, mocha and leather strap. There’s an exotic flair here without ever straying from Sangiovese purity. The textures are pure elegance, like silk being draped across the senses yet perfectly balanced by zesty acids and hints of sour citrus, as depths of red/black fruits give way to inner floral and earth tones. You can hardly feel its tannic heft until the finish, where structure rules, clenching the palate with youthful poise while allowing hints of balsamic spice to linger on. There is simply so much going on here and so much more to come over time. 2024-2038
97 points Eric Guido, Vinous




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