Owner: Claudio Monaci and his wife Silvia. Claudio Monaci is the son of Silvana Pieri and brother to Clara Monaci of Corte dei Venti (of which more below). Zefiro Pieri bought Piancornello in 1950. It consisted of a rural house dating to the 1700s, surrounded by land. Zefiro started to plant the first Brunello vineyards. In 1990 Zefiro’s son Alessandro Pieri (Claudio’s Monaci’s grandfather) divided his estate among his three children. Alessandro Pieri’s first daughter Agostina Pieri created her own eponymous estate. His second daughter, Silvana (married to Alfeo), created Piancornello di Pieri Silvana. His third daughter, Graziella Pieri, married Sirò Pacenti and so her vines were amalgamated into the Sirò Pacenti estate. In 2011 Silvana Pieri’s Piancornello estate was itself sub-divided into two: Piancornello di Monaci Claudio (this part) and Corte dei Venti di Clara Monaci.
Staff: Maurizio Castelli consults.
Estate vineyards: Piancornello is located in the Sesta area of Montalcino, between Sant’ Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell’Abate, on a plateau facing Val d’Orcia and Mount Amiata. It covers a surface of around 20 hectares in an area characterised by a Mediterranean microclimate (picking here is earlier than most other parts of Montalcino) and steep hills rich in rocks and stones. 7ha of vines in total of which roughly 2ha Brunello, 0.5ha Rosso di Montalcino, 3.5ha of Sant’Antimo Rosso, 1ha Ciliegiolo and the rest IGT Toscana Rosso. Old vines from the 1970s are 3,500 vines per hectare. Low production. Spurred cordon.
Terroir: Maurizio Castelli told me on Sunday 28th Sept 2014 the terroir here was a plateau of “argilla ferrosi calcarei”, or iron-rich calcareous clay, alluvial, a young clay.
Winemaking: Temperature controlled concrete tanks for fermentation, wooden botti for ageing.
Organic certification: 2015 First vintage with full organic certification.
Per Emma, Toscana Rosso IGT: Mainly Ciliegiolo.
Rosso di Montalcino DOC: 2011 10,000 bottles. Nice plum, red fruit, crisp and clean, well made (Anteprima 2013).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG: Ripe, low acidity, high alcohol. 2000 Thick ripe fruit (Anteprima 2005). | 2008 11,000 bottles. Clear, good weight, ripe fruit (Anteprima 2013). | 2009 149,000 bottles. Sweet, baked, jammy, some fade at end (Anteprima 2014).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva: 2006 36 months in oak. | 2008 Riserva. 15%. L.02/2013. Mid ruby garnet. Open nose with some confection. Bit simple and fluffy with green tinges too. OK but dull, even perhaps a bit metallic–not bad but not that interesting at the Consorzio Tues 27th May 2014 with Ian d’Agata and others.
Fraz. Castelnuovo dell’Abate
I-53024 Montalcino (SI = Siena), Italy