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The town of Montalcino, named for the species of local oak that once covered the area, rests on a hill overlooking the Tuscan countryside in Italy. A magnificent 14th century Medieval castle is its picturesque “skyline” that can be seen for miles in the distance. This is where Brunello di Montalcino, considered the “noblest” of the wines of the Sangiovese grape, is produced. As is Rosso di Montalcino, its fratellino (younger brother). Moscadello di Montalcino is the white grape counterpart. 
 
Early versions of Brunello (the local name for Sangiovese Grosso, meaning “little dark one”)  were enjoyed as far back as that castle was first inhabited. But the wine didn’t come into its own until the 1870s. Ferruccio Biondi-Santi is credited with innovating the production of Brunello to improve its quality and longevity. Until that point, Brunello was a field blend, using whatever grapes happened to be around, not just Sangiovese, and not Read more »

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

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  • Rosso di Montalcino Casanova di Neri 2008

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/123067 for £9.Montalcino is an Italian DOC created in 1984,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red wines made of the sangiovese grape from the area around the town of Brunello in Tuscany [the same area as for the Brunello di Montalcino but only nee... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • This arrived, today, from Last Bottle's August MarathonTenuta Buon Tempo Brunello di MontalcinoSleeper Sauvignon BlancMar de Vinas AlbarinoHalcon PradoEnkidu OV ZinfandelStark Kick Ranch SyrahWhetsone Jon Boat PNHiller Wine & Queen Gruner VeltlinerStark Barbera Damiano VineyardChehalem Three Vineyard RieslingMost of the whites will be going to t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Podere Casisano Rosso di Montalcino 2015

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    Fungal, earthy and mineral on the nose with cherry fruit and a pleasantly savory chicken coop note. Deep and rich on the palate, good fresh fruit and excellent balance - this delivers spice, cherry and red currant fruit, smooth supple tannins and a black pepper and floral under-note adding complexity and depth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Lecciaia Rosso di Montalcino 2013

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    Plenty of red berry fruit, dirt, spice with that Montalcino zest at the end. Medium chewy tannins give added texture and the acidity gives this a nice pop and drive at the end. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Sounds like a great night, Stephen. Looks like a good call with the Rosso di Montalcino for your version of a Bistecca Fiorentina, even if that was only one of many excellent wines.Any more notes on the Mayer? Read More

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  • Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2014

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    A perfectly functional winenothing horrible about it, but, also, nothing memorable. Fairly light-bodied. Very light red fruit on the tip of the tongue. Quite acidic, which Im OK with, but might put off other tasters. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I have had some good bargains in the past on that website so it looks like this ... I cannot recall drinking a Montalcino befo Read More

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  • Ricasoli Brunello di Montalcino Torre Della Trappola 2011

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    Dark, brooding and smoky, this delivers loads of bright red fruit with a savory and earthy edge. In the mouth this has a bright sweet oak spice, ripe red cherry and strawberry fruit, zesty spice and fresh acidity, shifting towards blueberry and chocolate. Approachable and easy drinking. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fattoria Scopone Brunello di Montalcino l'Olivare 2009

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    The wine is a nice deep ruby red color in the glass, perhaps a little darker ...-montalcino.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Brunello di Montalcino Renieri 94js 2006

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    The wine is a beautiful purple garnet in the glass, with just the faintest hint ...-montalcino.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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