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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2012


    Gorgeous cherry and red currant aromas are lightly floral with sweet spice and even a bit of mineral gun flint hiding under the bright fruit. Juicy and expressive on the palate with red fruit notes of red currant, raspberry and cherry, nicely balanced against moist earthy spice and well integrated tannins. On the fruitier side but mellow, pleasa... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • La Fornace Brunello Montalcino 2012


    Ripe floral cherry blossom and cranberry fruit, a touch of strawberry and mushroomed earth. This is pure, tart, refreshing with bold spice yet it carries appropriately delicate fruit notes of cherry, strawberry and red currant. Its also savory throughout, with mineral earthiness and a chewy tannic structure gripping the mid palate and holding th... Read More

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  • Mocali Moscadello di Montalcino 2013


    Earthy, dry and herbal aromas of savory butter, clay, with orange and apple fruit taking a back seat. Much fruitier in the mouth with orange marmalade and white blossom notes, this has driving oak through the mid palate, a creamy texture and a continued hint of something savory and barnyard like, quite pleasant and intriguing. More orange and gr... Read More

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  • Castello Banfi Florus Late Harvest Moscadello di Montalcino 2012


    Savory orange marmalade and candied lemon peel aromas with fresh flowers on the nose. Fresh, nectarine and tangerine flavors on the palate, medium full bodied and sweet without being viscous, a touch of brown sugar, lemon Crema and melted butter through to the finish. Decadent and fruity with a spicy edge throughout. Read More

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  • Vinea Familia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012


    Very pretty garnet color. Light flavors of cherry or strawberry on the tip of the tongue. Medium bodied. Surprising minty sensation on the rear palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Vinea Familiae Brunello di Montalcino, 2012 I'm pretty sure this is another Costco wine.Serviceable, though, not particularly memorable wine.  Light flavors of cherry or strawberry on the tip of the tongue.  Medium bodied.  Surprising minty sensation on the rear palate. The research continues. Read More

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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by usbellavita

  • Tunuta Buon Tempo Brunello di Montalcino 2011


    Nice wine. Everything in moderation--fruit, oak, tannin, acid. Nothing dominates and nothing competes--so, I would say it's in balance. On the other hand it just doesn't seem like an ethereal wine experience. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Rosso di Montalcino Casanova di Neri 2008


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website 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

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