Il Pinino was founded in 1874, although in it’s current guise has only really existed since 2004 when new owners Hannes and Andrea Gamon and Max and Silvia Hernandez bought the small property and really started improving the quality here. They were originally in the fashion business and perhaps turned a few heads when starting out at Il Pinino, but we are impressed with the results!
The name Brunello actually refers to the grape variety, and is a synonym for the Sangoviese grape (also used for nearby Chianti, it is Tuscany and Italy’s most popular red grape variety). Montalcino is the vineyard area where it is grown, south of Florence and about three hours north of Rome. Il Pinino is relatively small with 16 hectares of vines. Paolo Vaggagini consults for and helps the four owners with the winemaking. 2014 wasn’t an easy vintage, and is perfect for earlier drinking rather than keeping a long time. This wine is already mellow with plenty of spice, black tea, leather and a touch of gaminess too. It’s full-bodied, but with fresh acidity; a great match for protein-rich food such as lamb. 13.5% ABV.
See pinino.eu for more.