Friday Feature 9/6/13: The Fabulous 2006 Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino

Hello and Happy Friday!
Hope you had a great week.  A brief bit of store news before we begin today.
Sheb is going on vacation for the next two weeks, so there will be some changes in store hours while she is gone.  Please note:
Perman Wine will be closed on the two upcoming Mondays – September 9th and 16th.  
Also, on Tuesday, September 10th, Perman Wine will open at 4 pm.  
We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but Sheb really needs a break from her mean boss!
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Tonight, join us for another edition of “Routier”, between 5 & 8pm.

 

On select Friday nights, we offer a flight of three wines to taste plus a small snack, for $25. No reservations needed, so walk on in.

 

Tonight’s selections:
2012 Rabasse Charavin Cairanne Blanc
2011 Viña Sastre Rosado
2006 Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino “Piaggione” (this is actually today’s Friday Feature, so if you want a preview, stop by!)

 

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We used to know this distributor who would always talk about the best producers of a region in terms of “the guys.” He would say – “Craig, there are only three guys in this region, and this is one of the guys.”
Well, today’s newsletter focuses on one of those “guys.”
The famed Tuscan appellation of Brunello di Montalcino is full of great wineries. So much so that for the consumer it is a daunting task to try them all and develop a few favorites.
That is where we come in. While we certainly haven’t tried them all, we have sacrificed our livers tasting dozens over the years, all in order to find you the cream of the crop.
Poderi Salicutti is on our short list of the best of the best in Montalcino.
So if you fancy yourself a big fan of Sangiovese, and like us, know that Brunello di Montalcino can be one of Italy’s greatest red wines, then you will want to read on.
Have a great weekend,
Craig & Sheb

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Friday Feature  
2006 Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino “Piaggione”-Tuscany, Italy
Salicutti isn’t the oldest estate in Brunello.  In fact, it is relatively new, considering the property was purchased by Francesco Leanza in 1990.  He purchased 11 hectares of land, 4 of which are vineyards, the rest a mixture of olive trees and woods.
The first thing that always separates a great wine estate from an average, are the vineyards.  Podere Salicutti is located Southeast of Montalcino and north of Castelnuovo dell’Abate.  Leanza is a retired chemical engineer, and discovered the historic farm on one of his many journeys through the region.
The vineyards are situated between 420 and 470 meters above sea level.  The climate of the estate is well suited to Sangiovese.  There is typically a very hot and dry period between the middle of July and middle of August.  June and September are more mild. The soil is predominantly calcareous and marl.
Leanza immediately began working organically upon his purchase of the vineyards, something that almost no one was doing at the time.  He was the first in Montalcino to be certified organic, something that gives him a great sense of pride since he values his living and working environment so much.
In the winery, Leanza tries to maintain the purity of the fruit.  The vinification is in Inox, only indigenous yeasts are used, and aging is done in a mixture of different sizes of barrels, both French and Slavonian.
Open a bottle of the stupendous 2006 and you will be greatly rewarded with a textbook bottle of Sangiovese.  The aromatics range from classic high-toned cherry notes, to leather, wild thyme, pepper, flowers and plenty of earthy tones.  On the palate, it is still full-bodied with dusty tannins, but what stands out to us is the great combination of freshness and power.  The length of this wine is super long, and while it calls out for some more time in the bottle, I’m certainly enjoying a glass while I write this.  Although, I must admit to wishing there was a giant hunk of steak in front of me now as well!
This should sell out quickly – so Italian fans – please – please -please get me your orders today!
Please inquire regarding pricing and availability.
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