Brunello Riserva and Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva: Two Great Wines Compared

The vast territory of the Siena province area has been kissed by Bacchus. There are few other areas in Italy and even in the rest of the world that can boast a prized production of grapes that continuously create elegant and sumptuous wines. The area is recognized everywhere as an area of high-quality wines.

There are in particular two small towns worth mentioning, both perched on hills: Montepulciano and Montalcino. The first is a Renaissance town and the second is Medieval. The great feature that unites these two areas is the production of excellent wines. Both wines derive from the same basic blend which consists of Sangiovese. The Nobile di Montepulciano is made with the clone, called Prugnolo Gentile, and in the Brunello we rely on Sangiovese Grosso. However, both are the fruit of the queen of Tuscan grapes.

Here at Carpineto, we propose a route paved along the wine road that connects the two historic wine towns. On the slopes of Montepulciano, we produce the Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, aged for at least two years in Slavonian oak barrels and in French oak barriques. On the stony ground of Montalcino, we produce our prized Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, aged for at least 42 months in oak barrels of different capacities and bottled without resorting to any treatment or filtration. These are two great wines, both of which are available today.

The Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva offers a unique profile – one of elegance which is intense, persistent and balanced. This is a wine of great finesse, which balances the beautiful acidity with a savory and harmonious flavor. It is supported by velvety tannins. This is a wine that shows off all its consistency from the start through its visual impact in a swirling glass, where you can easily see its compactness and body. This is the ideal pairing for an all-Tuscan meal, including game, large roasts or grilled meats.

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is the very synthesis of elegance. Wine that lends itself to very long refinements, long-lived by definition, elegant and balanced already at a young age, but which shows all its finesse and persistence in the long term. In the glass it is limpid, brilliant and consistent. The olfactory range is almost infinite, passing from wild berries to spicy hints, up to the roasting of tertiary hints, including vanilla, coffee, cocoa. The taste of this wine immediately confirms its olfactory profile with typical flavors of Sangiovese that include red fruits and violets, combined with a powerful impact resulting from long maturation. This complex and inimitable wine gets even better with time, that is if you know how to wait.

Ultimately it is impossible to declare a winner of these two wines. The elegance, balance and structure of these two great denominations do justice to two of the most suitable terroirs on the planet, representing the very brand of Tuscany, that throughout the world has ceaselessly brought joy to each glass it is poured into.