The Countess and the Flying Winemaker
The Argiano estate has a long and noble heritage, dating back to the 16th century, and has passed down through noble family members ever since. The Countess Noemi Marone Cinzano began a revamping of the estate in 1992, working with famed winemaker Giacomo Tachis. Since then, the Argiano estate has risen to the first rank of Brunello producers.
Now that the legendary Tachis has retired, the Countess has brought on Hans Vinding Diers, a young, "flying winemaker" of Danish extraction, who grew up in Bordeaux, and has worked over 40 harvests, despite his youth, by working in both hemispheres and on at least 4 continents. This combination of the tradtional, noble heritage and the energetic, forward looking is sure to continue keeping Argiano in the forefront of the Brunello world.
Wine Advocate 93 Points
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.-AG
Wine Spectator 92 Points
There's density to this red, with richness punctuated by cedar, cherry, balsamic and tobacco flavors. Well-proportioned and delineated, lingering on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2023. 6,500 cases imported.–BS
International Wine Cellar 91 Points
Good full medium red. Sexy aromas and flavors of plum, mocha, underbrush, spices and tobacco, with a lavender topnote. Smoky, sweet and fine-grained; not yet especially complex but shows lush, sweet, velour-like fruit, noteworthy depth, and good energy for the year. The sappy, smoky finish features some enticing oak spices. Has plenty of tannins for mid-term aging but this is already accessible.-ST
James Suckling 92 Points
Blueberry and plum, with lemon rind and flowers. Full body, with chewy tannins and a bright finish. Lemon rind character. Drink now.