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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

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  • Merlot

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

  • Vermentino

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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...

  • Sangiovese

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

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  • Terrasole Brunello di Montalcino Wine. Red 2004

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    2007 vintage review - very smooth, dark fruit start with tobacco finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Terralsole Brunello Montalcino 2007

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    Dark fruit flavors to begin and then a smokey finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Oh, crap, did we all miss one potentially obvious choice?  I know our OP ... talk Mike into a meet up in Montalcino.  All he needs to do is win another trip. ESOL, what has you in Europe?  Where are you lugging your wine back to?  And have you considered that you may have to pay duty?  True that you will get things you couldn't and at prices t... Read More

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  • I was going to recommend Chianti or Montalcino--friends went there recently and didn't have too much trouble getting into wineries to taste, Montalcino has tasting rooms right downtown.  My other recommendations was going to be flying to somewhere close to Avignon and going to Chateauneuf du Pape.  David Sharp at WineMine recently was there and ... Read More

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  • Nice gift Al.OT, I'm going with NG as your gifter. Lucky you!I neglected to ... wine is a 2008 Brunello di Montalcino, can't recall the producer but dawns a faded black label as is customary for many Brunello's with various red, blue, white, and maybe some gold text colors. Going to guess Fox was my SS as he knows I've liked Brunello in the pas... Read More

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  • Vasco Sassetti Rosso di Montalcino 2012

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    Wine review by angem55


  • Then, if you want to break the budget, there's always the 1996 Quinterelli ... good sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Riserva, etc.) and blends with sangiovese and merlot or cabernet sauvignon ('Super Tuscans') from the northern part of central Italy (Tuscany) when you have a chance, Todd Read More

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  • Fattoria Dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2008

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    Slight brick color in the glass. This is not bricking that I might associate with an older wine that had been exposed to oxygen. Thats just the color that it is. Fairly sedate wine that does not assault the tongue with fruit flavors. There is a hint of red berry fruit, but that is it. I do get something of a licorice hint. Very nice. Tart... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Uccelleira Rosso di Montalcino 2009

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Greg is certainly a very knowledgeable contributor on multiple boards.  I ... and Vittorio Frescobaldi of Montalcino.  The original botllings, first released int 1997, were produced jointly by winemakers Tim Mondavi and Lamberto Frescobaldi.  Since 2004 Luce has been produced under the direction of Lamberto Frescobaldi.  It is a blend of Sangi... Read More

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