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

  • Sangiovese

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  • 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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  • 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


  • 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


  • Ridolfi Brunello di Montalcino 2010

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    Brick color in the glass. Interestingly a winemaker (of Italian heritage) once told me that Sangiovese should be a brick or umber color, not bright red. It did have a lively red fruit nose and on the tip of the tongue more of the same. After that I lost interest in this wine--fruit fades, no acid, no body, no complexity, no soul. There's not... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2011

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    bold, dark, fruity, savoury Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    I was expecting more but it was satisfying. Plenty of red berry fruit, tannins, acidity, spice and herbal tones. There was a slight barnyard funk to this that needs 45 mins. of decanting. 88 points - Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by finney


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