The Talenti estate is located south of Montalcino, close to the small medieval village of San Angelo in Colle. Ricardo Talenti has overseen plenty of improvements in both the vineyards and cellar since taking over from grandfather Pierluigi.
The Brunello comes from the pick of their older vineyards, planted in 1981, and then follows a precise wine-making process, creating a Sangiovese character that slides languorously out of the glass with cherries, leather and chocolate reminding us why Brunello gets the pulse racing quite so much.
And equally exciting is the wonderful value medium-bodied Rosso di Montalcino with bright red fruit flavours, ripe, firm tannins and bright, mouth-watering acidity. From younger vines, it goes through a similar, hands-off winemaking process before being aged for 12 months in old oak barrels to soften it but also retain the fruit.