A Sangiovese heart, a unique terroir and the distinct Avignonesi signature are the main ingredients for the finest expression of the Avignonesi Vino Nobile, Grandi Annate. Vino Nobile Grandi Annate is the finest expression of Sangiovese from our Montepulciano vineyards. This wine is produced only in the very best years, when the climate brings optimum growing conditions to the vines, permitting the grapes to express all the complexity of the terroir, leading to a wine that is rich in character with the stamina to age for many years.
18 months in French barriques and tonneaux
The wine was bottled in July 2014
|Refinement in the bottle||18 months|
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"Medium ruby red colour. The elegant bouquet opens with notes of wild roses, plums, and a variety of red fruits, underlined by intriguing scents of sandalwood, myrrh and delicate hints of cloves. The Grandi Annate 2012 is full-bodied yet delicate and round with a fresh acidity and a savoury finish that lingers on the palate."
93 / 100 - Wine Advocate
You'll notice that this wine is no longer labeled "Riserva." Avignonesi wanted to reduce the time it spends in oak and made the name adjustment accordingly. This seems like a good idea to me. The 2012 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Grandi Annate gives new life to one of Tuscany's most historic wines. There is more elegance and finesse here. I must say that past vintages have been a disappointment, but this expression seems to break all ties with the past. Fruit is sourced primarily from the Banditella vineyard that tends to produce more austere and concentrated Sangiovese. Indeed, this wine is highly redolent of black fruit, tar, licorice and even a touch of white mushroom. Everyone loves a comeback story and that's what you get here.
The colour is showing more evolution here. Leaning towards orange, tawny at the rim. Medium-high intensity. The nose is also showing some evolution, with more dried fruity aromas. I would say more traditional style. There is no indication of oak here, the fruitiness is more prune, dried cherry, dried tomatoes with some spicy notes, hint of leather. Classically dry palate. Still with a slightly austere texture. There is a good presence of tannin, that hasn’t fully integrated yet. Quite youthful and fresh acidity. On the finish more attractive fruit, with juicy red cherry and a certain spiciness. In my mind something that should be put back in the cellar to round off the edges a little bit more.
-Andreas Larsson, World's Best Sommelier