2014 Antinori "Pian delle Vigne" Rosso di Montalcino (Previously $28)

SKU #1288195 James Suckling

 Earthy, funky and fruity on the nose and palate with blueberry and lemon undertones.  (11/2016)

Wine & Spirits

 Light, raspy tannins lend structure to this wine’s juicy black cherry and raspberry flavors. Notes of smoke and wet tree bark add a woodsy character that calls for a match with grilled game.  (4/2017)

Wine Enthusiast

 Aromas of wild berry, violet and forest floor carry over to the easygoing palate. It's soft and quaffable, with supple tannins and vibrant acidity. Enjoy now with hearty pasta dishes or thick Tuscan soups. (KO)  (12/2016)

Wine Spectator

 A mix of cherry, leather and earth notes signals this light-bodied red, which shows moderate intensity and length. (BS, Web-2016)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2017 | Send Email
Antinori’s Pian delle Vigne estate is on the western edge of the Montalcino appellation west of the village of Camigliano. Pian delle Vigne’s location is in the warmer, drier, western portion of Montalcino the harvest is generally a couple weeks earlier than what it would be in Chianti Classico and all around Montalcino. In the wet, cool 2014 vintage it helped to be in a warmer drier location and the wine’s 100% Sangiovese shows a fleshier balance than many of the other 2014s. Aged in large oak casks the wine has complex character of plum, leather and spice, perfect for a plate of Pinci, the hand-rolled spaghetti-shaped pasta that you will undoubtedly have with a wild boar sauce when you are in Montalcino!
Drink from 2017 to 2020

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.