He settled on Castelnuovo dell’Abate in the southern part of the region and collaborated with the University of Milan to assist in selecting the best clones. Although the climate here is warmer than other communes within Montalcino, the hot sea breezes from the Mediterranean are blocked by Monte Amiata and the Ombrone river generates cooling breezes at night.
Biodynamic viticulture, high vine density, extremely low yields and extended cask ageing combine to produce what many refer to as ‘the Burgundy of Brunello’. Piero had an uncompromising commitment to Sangiovese in purezzaand enthusiastically supported the creation of sub zones for Montalcino, saying “I would love for Castelnuovo dell’Abate to become an official sub-appellation so consumers can know that this Brunello is made in one of the sunniest parts of Montalcino where Sangiovese matures perfectly”.
The wines are characteristically light in colour, with complex aromas of red berry fruit, earth, leather and tobacco. Firm acidity and silky yet substantial tannins give the wine a long-lasting flavour.
In 2011, with no descendants, Piero sold his beloved estate to Claudio Tipa of nearby Colle Massari. Claudio didnt change a thing and the wines continue to be amongst Italy’s, and the world’s, finest.
The wines are, however, extremely limited and we recommend looking out for the new releases on our Italy Direct ex ship offers.