Vineyard: The 2010 "Vigneti del Versante" was sourced from their estate vineyards Pian Bassolino and Cancello Rosso -- both in Castelnuovo dell'Abate.
Orientation: Both vineyards are facing South-Southwest and are at 340m in elevation.
Soil: The soil is clayey, calcareous marl and rich in rock fragments.
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic. Hand-harvested between September 24 and October 3.
Vinification: After manual harvest, the grapes are carefully hand-selected on the sorting table.The fermentatino began two days after the grapes were destemmed. Spontaneous fermentation proceeded slowly but steadily and took more than six weeks until all of the sugar had been transformed. The must macerated for a further three weeks on the skins.
Aging: The wine aged in two 25HL oak barrels for 45 months.
Production: 6,094 bottles, 255 magnums and 15 double magnums were produced.
Notes: Since the 2004 vintage, Pian dell'Orino has classified their vineyards taking into consideration different aspects. According to them, the quality of every wine is related to aspects of a certain vineyard or part of a vineyard. Geological and lithological (releated to the study of rocks) parameters, soil texture, inclination, waters upply are only some o fthe paramters they considered. They chose the name "Vigneti del Versante" for the name of their Brunello di Montalcino. This name indicates simply that the grapes for this Brunello come from their own vineyards, all situated in the same macro-zone on the South-East slope of Montalcino.
Publication: Wine advocate
This wine is now identified by a single vineyard designation but was once the estate's annata Brunello. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Vigneti del Versante (with vines planted in 1997) shows some signs of the vintage heat, but really only in terms of textural roundness and general softness. The bouquet sings loud and clear with red fruit aromas of cherry and blackberry. The fruit is nicely balanced by those elegant, ethereal notes of blue flower, balsam herb, cola and crushed pine nut that are characteristic of aged Sangiovese.
The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Vigneti del Versante offers lovely density and richness, but it also comes across as a bit monolithic and not totally put together just yet, an impression that is reinforced by a slight hint of reduction in the bouquet. With time in the glass, the sweet red cherry and plum fruit begins to emerge. Tobacco, rose petal and orange peel add the closing shades of nuance. Readers should plan on giving the 2011 at least a few years in bottle, which should allow the wine to settle down a bit. In 2011, all of the fruit went into this single Brunello.