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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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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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Montalcino on Snooth

  • 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:...


  • Castello Banfi 2003

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    Wine review by ctrlspace


  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Italy 2000

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    Had a bottle of this vintage last week. It is other worldly at the moment. My only concern was the state of the bottle as I got it at a small enoteca that I know has changed hands. It was a terrific price so I splurged on several bottles of different vintages. The 2000 is the first one I have openend and it was fantastic. Easily one of the top ... Read More

    Wine review by afinta


  • Campo del Drago 2003

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    Dark ruby red color with intense aromas of rich raspberry jam and rum raisin. Followed by clove, smoked meat and charred wood. Really serious wine on the nose. On the Palate, blackberry and plum with earthy backbone and flavors of leather and black pepper on the long and intense finish. Tannin is a little rough for the first 2 hours after op... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Castello Banfi 2006

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    2006 Banfi Chianti Classico Color: very dark ruby (surprisingly), Nose: fruitier, Taste: cherries, light-bodied, high tannins (probably mellowed from the hour long decanting), slight acidity, makes Petes mouth water.Lamarr: C (not crazy about it)Hector: (Chianti is water with tannins, not as good as the Ruffino)Alastor: C Read More

    Wine review by lamarr


  • Since my Tasting group of hard-hitting Sonoma County Pinot Noir producers ... ... ... Terralsoles Brunello di Montalcino and Piras Vigna Rionda Barolo.  The reds werent a precise theme, but it opened up the palates of us Cabernet focused Napa Valley types.Over the last couple of months, I was fortunate to organize a blind tasting of 2005 Cab... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Taste, Taste, Eat, Taste


  • San Polino Rosso di Montalcino 2005

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    Ruby, med. intensity, rose rim, legs. Red fruits and oak on the nose, vanilla, caramelised fruits, prunes. Med. + acidity, med. + body, mad. + tannins, med. alcohol, red fruits, oak, spice, black pepper, long finish. Accceptable\good quality. Developing balanced wine with personality. Can be kept for 5-8 years but might be enjoyed in 2009 already. Read More

    Wine review by Alvina


  • Renieri Rosso di Montalcino 2004

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    This is a nice medium-bodied italian wine with aromas of cherry and blackberry and a hint of vanilla and berry and spice flavors. Read More

    Wine review by CTwine


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