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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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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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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Montalcino on Snooth

  • Castello Banfi 2005

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    Wine review by djh99


  • Solaria Brunello de Montalcino 2002

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    Aromas of dark cherry with a spicy yet smooth tannin finish. Perfect with a pizza - american style too Read More

    Wine review by oldmanfalcon


  • Solaria Brunello de Montalcino 2002

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    Wine review by oldmanfalcon


  • Fornacina Rosso di Montalcino 2004

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    this bottle was cooked. definitely past peak. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Mo Conti Costanti 2004

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    bricky/rusty red huehints of tomato leaves,barnyard and gameon the palate it shows maturity with nice secondary flavours like menthol and tomato leaves . outstanding minerality and acidity with a juicy mouthfeel . it will last a long time Read More

    Wine review by Ramon


  • Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Tenuta di Sesta 2001

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    I tried the 1997 Reserve at the MunichGourmet Italia show and it is truly amazingFive + rating for certain Read More

    Wine review by muratertug


  • Biondi Santi Tenuta Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1966

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    Opening it was a challenge as the cork has largelyd disintegrated and was breaking easily. Pump corkcscrew did not work as the seal was not completely airtight. We managed to uncork it with just a few small cork chips ending in the wine.As the wine made its way from the bottle into a decanter, the color was strikingly pale with more brown then r... Read More

    Wine review by rzakharov


  • Agostina Pieri Rosso di Montalcino 1999

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    Wine review by kcovo


  • Casanova D Brunello 2003

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    Tannic, intense, dances down the throat, warm, earthy, perfect compliment for the steak at Sparks Read More

    Wine review by eborzino


  • Friends of Snooth, not much of a blog here, but hoping to get some forum-like ... outcry against Brunello di Montalcino producers who were cutting their wines with juice from other regions of Italy to alter the wines taste and/or production levels.  Remembrance of this issue can be found here.Governments have gotten involved, wine has been co... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Winemaking Techniques:...


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