A castle of finesse and elegance, the Argiano style in Montalcino

Feb 3 2023, 08:28 | by Lorenzo Ruggeri
Three wines to remember for the historic Montalcino estate, capable of producing increasingly territorial wines and in step with the times

Argiano, an eco-sustainable winery in Montalcino

Argiano's wines have been known since the late-16th century, when the noble Pecci family built a lovely villa and adjoining cellar (which still serves as their headquarters today). Since 2013 the estate is owned by Brazilian entrepreneur André Esteves, who relaunched the range, entrusting production to Bernardino Sani and Francesco Monari. Now Argiano is one of the most eco-sustainable wineries in Montalcino. Plastic-free since 2019, it practises organic agriculture by banning even natural pesticides in the vineyard, and reuses all the waste produced in the cellar. What is most striking when tasting Argiano wines is a style that we could define as exquisitely contemporary. This for aromatic cleanliness, finesse, fragrance, with an increasingly faithful and defined territorial transparency, yielding wines that offer at the same time a marked pleasure to drink, with medium body and increasingly light and precise tannic extractions. The leap in terms of quality over the last 5 years is truly impressive.

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Highlights of Argiano's production

Solengo 2019

A Bordeaux blend, with a splash of sangiovese, proves complex and very elegant on the nose, opening on notes of dark fruits, eucalyptus, sweet spices and Mediterranean maquis; it has a palate of great structure, pulpy and vibrant, nicely balancing juicy fruit and refined tannins before a long, persistent finish. We strongly believe this is the best Solengo ever produced. It will age beautifully.

Brunello di Montalcino 2017

Pleasant and austere, with notable aromatic persistence on the nose. The spontaneous fermentation takes place over the course of two weeks in stainless steel tanks, while the malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in cement tanks. The wines age about 30 months in big Slavonian oak barrels. Despite the warm vintage, the nose is clean and fragrant, with an elegant touch of dried violet.

Brunello Vigna del Suolo 2016

Wow effect. In its second year of production the Vigna del Suolo strikes again! Argiano's cru wine comes from a 55-year-old vineyard, making for a complex, elegant nose, aromas of cherry and sweet tobacco that introduce a palate characterised by silky tannins and lively acidity—a balanced, long and lingering drink. The tannins here display world class texture, the finish is pure and vibrant, with a balsamic profile and magnificent scents of orange peel and rose. It was our Red of the Year in the Vini d’Italia 2022 guide.


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