Argiano’s history dates back to 1580, when the Pecci family of Siena began the construction of a magnificent villa, complete with vast cellars. In 1967, Argiano, which is the south west quarter of the Brunello appellation, was one of the founder members of the Consorzio di Brunello. In 1992 Contessa Noemi Marone Cinzano bought the estate, and engaged the world-famous Giacomo Tachis (the creator of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Solaia) as consultant oenologist. In fact, it was he who launched Argiano’s Super Tuscan, Solengo. Under his guidance, too, the Sangiovese vineyards were extended and the cellars modernised. In 2013, André Esteves, a Brazilian financier bought Argiano. Since then, he has provided funds for a massive updating of the entire estate. New cellars have been built, the villa is undergoing an extensive renovation programme and the vineyards have been mapped into six separate zones by the acclaimed Chilean terroir consultant, Pedro Parra. In consequence of the switch to organic methods, the bee population has soared throughout the estate, which covers 125 hectares, 70 of which are under vine.
Tenuta di Argiano Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2012
A worthy successor to their last Riserva, the 2010. This received a pre-fermentation cold maceration, then fermentation and maceration on the skins for more than 3 weeks. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation were both in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature. It was aged for at least twenty-four months in Slavonian oak casks, and then for two more years in bottle. Only 4000 bottles were made, for all 50 of their export markets.