Abbadia Ardenga is an estate winery in Torrenieri in the north-east of the Montalcino in Tuscany, Italy. Its main wines are Sant’Antimo Rosso DOC, Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. The estate has a very long history, having belonged to the powerful Piccolomini family, whose members included Pope Pius II, responsible, among other things, for the construction of the town of Pienza from the 15th century. The noble family used Abbadia Ardenga as its own wine cellar. In 1902, Abbadia Ardenga received its first important award for wines matured for over a year, which was dedicated to estates which were already exporting their products outside of Italy. The estate as we know it today was renovated in 1934 with the update of its Statute.
Owner: Società di Esecutori di Pie Disposizioni di Siena.
Vineyards: 10ha of Sangiovese in Località Abbazia di Abbadi Ardenga.
Winery: On the main road in Torrenieri. 50hl Slavonian oak vats.
Sant’Antimo Rosso DOC
Rosso di Montalcino DOC Abbadia Ardenga: 2010 OK at Viale Piave 32, Torrenieri Monday 22nd May 2013 (bottle given to me by Mario Ciacci for some translation work I did for him).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Abbadia Ardenga: 2000 Stinky old wood, hot alcohol too (Benvenuto Brunello 2005). | 2007 Decent with Savino and a spaghetti alla puttanesca he’d made at Viale Piave 6 on Wednesday evening 29th May 2013 (with Arthie too). | 2008 I thought this was very good, very typical, clean if a little light but elegant as a result, not trying too hard, and balanced when at Sunday lunch at Fra’s with Savino’s brother Vito and his daughter Valentina on 3rd Nov 2013. | 2009 14.5%. L1401 Nice bright limpid light cherry red colour. Bright red cherry fruit nose, sappy. Clear, direct. Soft ripe fruit and tannins. Fluid style overall and not at all overwrought despite a touch of bitterness creeping in at the back. Ripe and fresh. Very drinkable. Savoury. Well grown and well handled. Good example of a mid-weight style with accent on fruit tasted blind at the Consorzio Tues 27th May 2014 with Ian d’Agata and others.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Piaggia: First made in 2001 from the Piaggia vineyard which is right next to the abbey itself. 300-310 metres. Last replanted in 1965. 1.5ha remain from 1965. | 2007 Bottled. | 2008 Bottled. | 2009 14.5%. L1403. Lovely classic colour. Bright ruby core and rim, both of which radiates. Clear nose showing ripe cherry fruit with little obvious wood, smooth mid-palate with ripe tannins supporting some very clear red fruit with the overall effect one of savouriness. Satisfying aftertaste too with the accent very much on the savouriness of the fruit. A wine with presence from fruit, not oak or extraction at the Consorzio Tues 27th May 2014 with Ian d’Agata and others.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva: 2004 Debut vintage.
Via Romana n. 139
I-53024 Torrenieri, Montalcino (SI), Italy