92 Pts Antonio Galloni - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Pietranera is a beautiful, mid-weight wine graced with exquisite aromatics, well-articulated fruit and a long, polished finish. This remains a medium-bodied, focused style of Brunello that shows the more feminine side of Sangiovese. Saline notes frame the focused, energetic finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024." 92 Points - Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate
"Structured and dense, this bold Brunello offers big color, density and extraction. On the nose, it is characterized by elegant oak tones of vanilla and spice that are married to bright cherry after tones." 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Good bright, deep red. Sexy aromas of red cherry, rose petal and spices reminded me a bit of a Chambolle. A juicy, lithe midweight, with very firm acidity giving focus to the pretty, high-pitched flavors of black raspberry and candied violet. Still youthfully tight, but this stylish wine finishes with suave tannins." 91 Points - Stephen Tanzer - International Wine Cellar
VITICULTURE & VINIFICATION:
"The vineyards are in the south-east side of Montalcino. The fruit is harvested the first half of October. Grapes are picked from the bunch and softly squeezed; the maceration takes place in stainless steel vats for a period of 25 days with repeated wine-pressings and delestages. During this phase the alcoholic fermentation is completed and controlled at a temperature of 28-30 Â°C."
"After the fermentation method has been completed, the wine spends 24-30 months in Slavonian oak barrels of 50 hectolitres. It is then aged for another 6 months in stainless steel vats, and at least 12 months in the bottles before being put on the market, at the beginning of the fifth year after the harvest. Intense ruby-red, with a tendency to garnet-red with the ageing. On the nose, this is round, intense well-balanced, with a long finish. On the palate, this is complex, elegant, full-bodied, velvety. Red meat and game, matured cheeses and complex dishes are great pairings for this wine. Open 1-2 hours before being served." -Winery