2007 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
Expert Rating
RP 93 points
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Argiano Vineyards A Scramble in Montalcino

When we arrived in Montalcino in late 2008, we had plenty of company. The Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino had just dropped its highest score on the 2007 vintage. The town was packed, and the importer scramble was on.

A cold, dry winter preceded a gorgeous spring, getting the Sangiovese off to a jackrabbit start. June and July were torrid -- two of the warmest months on record -- to be followed by a milder August and September. After the brilliant, classically structured 2006s, these 2007s were far juicier and forward, casting a New World light on a silken Tuscan theme.

But despite all the sexy, primary fruit opulence from barrel, we couldn't help but wonder. Were the 2007s TOO juicy? Sure, they were luscious in youth, but would they pass the test of time? Could it be that all that red berry luster was masking an underlying structural weakness?

In some cases, the answer would be 'yes.' Some big name 2007s seem to be fading after just a few years in bottle. But the top echelon wines, drawn from the coolest perches of the appellation, so rich and seductive in barrel, harbored sneaky acid cut. Those Brunelli -- most of which would fetch a King's Ransom -- rank among the greatest releases in decades.

We were still smarting from missing out on a bevy of 2006s, so we arrived in Montalcino with fat wallets and guns blazing. We managed to eke out small allocations from Costanti, Fuligni and Poggio Antico before those cellars emptied. But our most prescient commitment of 2007 would be drawn from the breezy hillsides of Argiano. Despite its pedestrian price tag, both we and Parker's Wine Advocate would rate the Argiano 2007 among the very best Brunelli of the vintage.

Deep ruby in color, infused with savory red fruit aromas. After a half hour in an open carafe, the attack remains New World lush and primary, full of red raspberry preserves and ripe plums. A full hour later, this stunner begins to settle down, slowly peeling away fine, ripe fruit layers, showing off the cool high altitude pedigree lurking in the backdrop.

The Wine Advocate described it as possessing "fabulous depth and richness, with seemingly endless layers of fruit," suggesting the 2007 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino would be going strong in 2025. The 93 point score that followed would be the top rating garnered by any under-$40 Brunello of the year.


Tasting Notes

2007 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
"The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is rich, deep and resonant. It shows fabulous depth and richness, with seemingly endless layers of fruit that caress the palate. Dark red cherries, savory herbs, tobacco and licorice linger on the textured, creamy finish. This is another terrific effort from Argiano. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027."
93 points -- Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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