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2012 Armilla Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1319231 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark You could get lost in the enticing fragrance of this wine thanks to wild berry, blue flower, baking spice, chopped herb and saddle leather aromas. The smooth, elegantly structured palate is just as inviting, doling out juicy black cherry, raspberry, cinnamon and white pepper flavors. Polished tannins and fresh acidity lend balance and support. An impressive effort from this winery—one of Montalcino's little known gems. (KO) Inner quote mark (4/2017)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Dried berries and figs come through on the nose here, underlining the hot growing season. Full body, round and ripe tannins and a dusty finish. Hints of lemon peel. Better in 2019. Inner quote mark (2/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Here's an interesting wine from Armilla. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a darkly saturated color and richly intense perfumes of dark berry, dried cherry and spice. The mouthfeel is thickly textured and robust. Yet, the wine also offers a refreshing point of acidity that ultimately gives it a more buoyant and approachable personality. This is a great wine to pair with hearty winter foods by the fireplace. (ML) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright dark red. Dark red cherry and plum aromas with scents of gingerbread and botanical herbs on the nose plus slightly warmer notes of coffee and tobacco. Juicy pure red cherry and saline flavors, this is rather chunky in weight but has a supple texture and a medium-long finish. (ID) Inner quote mark (3/2017)


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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2017 | Send Email
Armilla has definitely released what we think is their best wine to-date. Their 2012 Brunello exudes elegance and subtle texture enhanced by delicious strawberry flavors and bright acidity. There's no shortage of personality to this wine and it certainly showcases the wonderful red fruit their region of Montalcino is known for.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2017 | Send Email
I was immediately smitten with this Brunello. Straight out the gate, it exudes old timey charm with restrained aromas of red fruits and dried mandarin peels. Flavors are also red fruited, with a light textural feel, layered, subtle flavors, and an overall airiness to the wine that makes it drink well young, though I feel like the impeccable balance at this young age may well allow for some solid mid-term cellar potential. A new name, but one that I will be sure to remember: Armilla!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2017 | Send Email
The nose is full of ripe, plumy fruit highlighted with bits of clove and wild flowers. On the palate the wine is full, rich and has a smoothness to it that is just short of lush, sort of a plus size supple, here more savory flavors emerge, porcini, leather and salty plums. The wine is really well balanced and rich tannins and acid are in perfect harmony, the best wine I’ve ever had from this estate. Armilla is located on Montalcino’s western slope near the hamlet of Tavarnelle, close to Fossacolle, Gaja, Soldera and Caprili.With just over 6 acres of vineyard, planted in 1982, they make 566 cases of Brunello a year, their first vintage was the release of the 1997 aged in 25hl Slavonian oak barrels for 30 months.
Drink from 2017 to 2030

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