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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

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  • Merlot

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

  • Sangiovese

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Vermentino

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

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Montalcino on Snooth

  • Castello Banfi 2003

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    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Ita-Banfi-Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Al'Oro -Castello Banfi Banfi 1999

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    Given the 94 pts by Wine Spectator, I actually saw this at Sams Club for $55 so I grabbed two! I held on to them for a few years and opened one on my birthday last year. Spectacular brunello! Soft mouthfeel like you might expect of a sangiovese but backed up with some intense and interesting flavors. I recall hints of cocoa and earth envelop... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Il Palazzone 2004

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    Deep ruby with garnet hues, great concentration and structure. The nose is very textured with variegated layers of deep aromas going from cranberry and elderberry before broadening to spice, cinnamon, leather and tobacco. Balsamic notes on the finale. Intricate and elegant with enormous potential for further bottle aging. Balanced and complex in... Read More

    Wine review by Laurapal


  • Duca di Croce Brunello di Montalchino 1999

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    Delicious, black cherry aroma with slight barnyard elements. Finish that goes on forever, with lots of potential as it's quite tannic. Read More

    Wine review by bmckenna


  • Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura Banfi 2001

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    This wine opened as an 89 but finished as a 91. I think it's probably needing more time in the bottle...the tannins were MASSIVE. After about 3 hours open, it started to cool down slightly into a delicious red cherry, leather, anise, herbal, tannic, and blackberry nose, with predominantly red cherry and those massive tannins on the palate. There... Read More

    Wine review by bmckenna


  • La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino 2003

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    I popped, decanted, drank about an hour later, and finished a glass that had been sitting out the next morning (9 hours later). This wine was still going after 9 hours, but at both times it reminded me more of a supertuscan than a Brunello. Lacking the earthiness and leather that I love in a Brunello, but with great smoothness, body, elegance, a... Read More

    Wine review by bmckenna


  • Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino 2001

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    classic brunello. leather, cherries, and earthy qualities mesh together in a very structured and delicious effort. tannic, as it should be, but finally able to be enjoyed as it's maturing quite nicely. Read More

    Wine review by bmckenna


  • Rosso di Toscana I Piaggioni Montalcino Mocali 2007

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    Wine review by nzgood


  • Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura Banfi 2001

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    Everything a Brunello should be and more - loved this wine! Read More

    Wine review by deconut


  • Gorelli "Le Potazzine " Brunello di Montalcino Italian Red Tuscany 2003

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    Wine review by thejanes


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