Right now, we have our favorite wine in store! I would love the to share the story of how we found Piancornello's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino, from Hawaii to Tuscany to Fort Collins.
It all started three years ago when we were visiting Maui. We were staying in the Four Seasons Hotel and one night, at the hotel's Italian Restauarant, we ordered the Piancornello. We liked it so much that we got a second bottle and took it home. Now, that was quite a statement considering this was a $200 bottle.
When we got back from Maui, and talked to the distributor about ordering the Piancornello, they were out of stock. However, luckily, two months later there were six cases available. So, we purchased every single one. But, that wasn't enough. After trying this spectacular wine, we knew we wanted to see where it was from, and how it was made.
So, two summers ago we traveled to Montalcino, where the distributor set up a meeting with the winery. The winery wasn't what we were expecting. Azienda Piancornello was very difficult to locate, in the middle of nowhere. We had to keep stopping at different farmhouses in the Italian countryside, asking if that was the place. There were no numbers on the houses or street addresses, so, we must have asked at least 10 different people.
Finally, we found the property, tucked away in a little valley ripe with olive trees and grape vines. There was no sign or advertisement at all and sun drenched dirt and low, shrub-covered, rolling hills passed by on either side of the dirt road.
We pulled up to a small house where Azienda Piancornello was located. Silvana Pieri, the winery estate owner and one part of a husband-wife team, ushered us inside. Silvana spoke a bit of English, but not much, and her husand didn't speak any English at all. They had the mangiest cat and dog you've ever seen and the tasting room was just off their kitchen. We immediately felt the warmth of being welcomed into their home.
Silvana explained that they had sent their children down to the sea to spend time with their grandparents so they could work the vineyards. She also explained that it was just her and her husband until harvest time when they would hire a few men to help them. We couldn't believe a wine this fabulous was made by two people. Their wines are all over and placed in some top notch places.
We tasted all of their wines and everything they made was stunning. Impressed with the wine, the Tuscan hospitality, and the unique terroir of Montalcino, we decided to bring their top wine to our store to share with you. Please come in and let us show you this amazing wine made by a husband and wife team.