In a press release issued minutes ago, Marchesi Antinori has announced that its 2003 Pian delle Vigne Brunello will be available on the market as of Tuesday: “Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne 2003: available as of July 1, 2008. After proving to be in accordance with appellation regulations for the Appellation of Controlled Origin (DOCG) Brunello di Montalcino, Marchesi Antinori’s 2003 Pian delle Vigne will be available for sale beginning next week.”
When the editors of VinoWire contacted Antinori’s office, the winery’s spokesperson told us that “Pian delle Vigne was never impounded” by Italian authorities. “It was voluntarily taken off the market by Marchesi Antinori because of the turmoil in progress.”
“The seizure was cautionary — or rather pending verification — because no irregularities were found,” said the spokesperson.
Antinori’s claims would seem to contradict reports published in April, 2008 by the Corriere Fiorentino and L’Espresso: both publications reported that Antinori’s Pian delle Vigne 2003 had been impounded because of suspected irregularities.