antinori (pian vigne), brunello di montalcino, vigna ferrovia riserva 2012
A wine with lots of dried fruit and walnuts. Cherries, too. Full body, dense and round tannins with deep ripe fruit. Extremely flavorful and decadent. Has California sensibility to it. Fruit-forward.
Aromas of forest floor, truffle, leather and mature black-skinned fruit align with a hint of exotic spice. On the warm, forward palate, fine-grained tannins support flavors of raspberry jam, brandied black cherry, licorice and pipe tobacco. Drink 2019–2027.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I can just smell all the thought and hard work that evidently went into making the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Pian delle Vigne Vignaferrovia. This wine is the fruit of important discussions, contemplation and decision-making. I say that because I know how challenging the 2012 vintage was for people who farm Sangiovese. That effort has paid off handsomely because this is a complete and layered wine that makes a careful presentation of bold primary fruit that segues to secondary aromas of spice and tobacco. Generally speaking, I like the 2013 vintage far better than 2012, but this wine has pulled itself forward to earn a high score, thanks to its sheer willpower and determination.
This comes from a 4.5ha plot next to a 19th century railroad station located on the estate’s grounds. The calcareous clay soil is rich in small stones, and the vines are planted with a southeastern exposure. Cherry compote, liquorice, leather and dried spice are already expressive. Full, concentrated and chewy, it will satisfy those looking for a rich, voluminous, upfront Brunello. A match for hearty braised meats. Drinking Window 2019 - 2029
This is round, offering cherry, plum and savory, salty mineral elements. The structure is well-meshed, lending support while remaining harmonious. Almost feels approachable now, but this will be better in two to three years. Best from 2021 through 2035.