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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...

  • Vermentino

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino 2012

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    Very tart red fruit--cherry. plum. Did I mention, tart? A tannin hit that surprises me, a bit--more that I have previously observed in Tuscan wines. I am also getting a "cinnamon" sensation. I, occasionally, get this cinnamon thing with CA Pinot Noirs, but this is the first time that I can recall getting it with anything else. The acid make... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Hasn’t Chianti always been blended with other wines canaiolo and ... I ... ... I have been looking for Montalcino Rosso, can get them for about same price as a good Chianti&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans


  • Tuscan wines - of which Chianti Classico (and Brunello di Montalcino) form the backbone, inter alia - have changed much from the time I was a lad.  Too much to discuss just now, but glad you got an introduction to one of the truly great wine regions and, indeed, regions of great visual beauty... and, of course, history - which goes back 3,000 ye... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • The 2015 Pecchenino Dolchetto X 2, the 2015 Capanna Rosso di Montalcino, the 2015 Tenuta de Nozzole Chianti Classico Reserva and the 2015 San Polo Rosso di MontalcinoAnother of the 2016 Limerick Lane RRV Zin, the 2015 Ojai Ben Nacido Syrah, the 2016 Ojai Ben Nacido Pinot Noir and 2013 Heitz Cellars Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel.And these final 3 ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Opening bottle of Rosso Montalcino am cooking chicken parmigiana  Read More

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  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2004

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012

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    Savory and dusty with a touch of heat, light spice and juicy raspberry and strawberry notes. This has a pleasantly floral palate of cranberry, cherry and strawberry fruit, tart and puckering with acidity and more dusty earth, finishing with gritty, chewy tannins and more floral berry and blossom notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2012

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    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

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    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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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