2012 Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
96 Points Wine Access
Deep ruby red with garnet bricking to the rim. Redolent with dried cherry, leather, tar, maduro tobacco, and ash. Powerful on the palate, with densely packed fine-grained tannins and full body balanced by bright acidity. Long and lingering finish full of savory intensity. Drink now-2035.
97 Points Vinous
Luminous deep red. Less stony and scented on the nose than Piancornello’s memorable 2013 Brunello, offering hints of gingerbread and exotic fruit elements to the red berry and cherry aromas and flavors. Thick and creamy in the mouth, but lovely acidity and a saline element give the wine a three-dimensional texture and keep it light on its feet despite noteworthy concentration of extract and flavor. This densely packed, rich and ripe Brunello will age splendidly. Not surprisingly, this 2012 Riserva is weightier and fuller than the 2013 Brunello from Piancornello, but still comes across as refined and steely in the typical house style.
95 Points Wine Advocate
With only 2,700 bottles made, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a rare and precious wine. This Riserva does not have the fruity exuberance that you get in the 2013 Annata wine. Instead, it is etched and sophisticated with pronounced aromas of dried cherry, tar, leather, crushed mineral and campfire ash. It offers volume, lasting richness and power. Not all of the Riservas from this vintage reach this level of balance and integrity. This is a standout wine among its peers.