Armilla Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016, Tuscany, Italy

Armilla is a family-owned estate winery in the Tavernelle area of south-west Montalcino in Tuscany, Italy. Its main wines are Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. In ancient Rome ‘armilla’ was a golden bracelet worn by men and women alike; however, ‘armilla’ also refers to a particular bracelet awarded to Roman soldiers for military merit on the field and worn on the left arm. Here, Armilla demonstrates a promise maintained to the man who created them and the ‘armilla’ is the symbol of continuity: from owner Silverio to Ofelia, from Silverio to his daughters, from Silverio to his grandchildren. Vineyards: Dry climate, ventilated thanks to sea winds. The land in here originates from the decomposition of rocks from the Eocene Period. Geologically speaking, the soil is composed of polygenic conglomerates with a prevalence of calcareous, siliceous and arenaceous elements more or less cemented and imbedded with sandy layers. Rich in minerals and with an average level of fertility, the soil is suitable for the cultivation of vineyards. 3 hectares in total (2ha of which for Brunello di Montalcino). 2.5 hectares are SW-facing, at 320-350 metres on galestro-rich (red) clay mixed with tufa. The remaining 0.5 hectares lie on sloping ground close to the estate on clay and galestro. 5,000 vines per ha. Spurred cordon. Tasting notes: Dark black cherry color indicating the ripeness of the vintage. Nose is expressive and big with cherry and notes of licorice and dates. Smooth with a great mouth feel and more ripe cherry, toast and mineral on the palate. The finish sticks to the teeth and is long. The balance of the fruit, alcohol, oak and acidity work perfectly together to form a finish that easily lasts 45 seconds. The tannins are ripe, but firm.