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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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  • Vermentino

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

  • Barbera

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Brunello di Montalcino. Tenute Silvio Nardi 2011

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    Elegant earthy minerality and baking spice aromas with raspberry, cherry and strawberry fruit notes on the nose. This has a smooth texture on entry but finds a fair bit of acidity and gritty tannic structure towards the mid palate, adding depth of flavor from the complex floral and fruit forward cherry and mixed berry notes. Full and rich throu... Read More

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  • Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2011

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    Elegant earthy minerality and baking spice aromas with raspberry, cherry and strawberry fruit notes on the nose. This has a smooth texture on entry but finds a fair bit of acidity and gritty tannic structure towards the mid palate, adding depth of flavor from the complex floral and fruit forward cherry and mixed berry notes. Full and rich throu... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by georged83


  • Do you have muleys over there or is that a behemoth black or whitetail? ... a ... a Brunello or big Rosso di Montalcino, too. Of course a big claret from either Right or Left Bank, and a C9dP or Syrah, too. Rioja calling. Want balance and not too much oak, as always, though some OK. Grilling them over wood? Depending on how you sauce the ribs ... Read More

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  • EM - I downloaded the order form and passed it on to my spousal unit. ... ... selected a 2011 Brunello di Montalcino, as we enjoyed a bottle from this same region (different winery) last Saturday with our friends Rick & Debbie.  The wine was very nice, and paired well with our salad, my beef dish and yes, even Sandra's seafood surprise (there ... Read More

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  • Last Saturday we hosted another wine dinner with our neighbors (Rick & ... ... ... wine from Brunello di Montalcino; they visited this winery and each bottle label is hand painted by the wine maker.  We started off with one of our new Pinot Noir's from Domaine Drouhin, the 2014 RoseRock.  We recently purchased six bottles and while still youn... Read More

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  • Brunello di Montalcino notes: Romitorio '10 Rosso; 100% Sangiovese Nero 's ..zzz..Bouquet smells like the "jelly" "blackberry and blueberry" sweet and full  from one of my past favorite tastes as a child. Read More

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  • Santa was generous this year wasn't he? You guys are better at this than I ... and 2009 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino - from MJetOutthere - 1996 Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva - from GregTMJet - 2009 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape - fromDVogler - 2011 Marcarini Barolo Brunate - from RckrDmcker - 2011 Agricola Rivella Silva Barba... Read More

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  • Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino 2010

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    A bit bitter, but ok. Read More

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  • EM - Well at least it should have put you in the mood for South American music ... of their 2009 Brunello di Montalcino | Livio Sassetti (Toscana) at $29 per glass and that was a beautiful wine too.  All wines were 2009 vintage and very tasty.Oh, the Nationals beat the Giants, 5 to 1.  It was a pretty good game with decent weather and no rain.... Read More

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