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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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  • Vermentino

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Coldisole Brunello di Montalcino 2003

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    Wine review by mmoguu


  • Poggio Il Castellare Rosso di Montalcino . Italy Tuscany 2005

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    Excellent value for the price. This wine has a complex appeal. On the nose I smell dark chocolate and some cherry. Upon first taste, there is a nice dark chocolate and dry cherry... letting the glass sit for an hour, the strength becomes black cherry... mmm. Read More

    Wine review by bettermassage


  • Hi everyone! I just recently joined the site and am in a desperate search for ... ... for a 1997 Brunello di Montalcino. The producer is cantina di montalcino. I've been trying to find it and have had no luck. If anyone knows where I can get it, I would really appreciate the info!!! Read More

    Forum post in the topic 1997 brunello


  • Case Basse Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2000

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    Wine review by espiers


  • We had a great tasting last night and it focused on one of my favorite grapes, ... ... to arise.Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy's flagship wines. They can be brilliant wines but being made from 100% sangiovese, in particular a clone called Brunello, they tend to have strong acids, astringent tannins, and less body than many other prest... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sangiovese GTi


  • Vitanza le Paturnie Rosso di Montalcino Italian Tuscany Sangiovese 2004

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    Smooth, full body. Went well with the clams I was having. Read More

    Wine review by JamesR


  • Brunello la Lecciaia Rv03 2003

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    not yet tasted Read More

    Wine review by RickMara


  • Melini Sangiovese Brunello di Montalcino 2001

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    classic italy wine. Full body with Fruity aromas. Earthy wine and you would say "nicely balanced." Read More

    Wine review by genesisyell


  • Melini Sangiovese Brunello di Montalcino 2001

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    Wine review by genesisyell


  • Riccardo Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2006

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    A brilliant ruby red color. Aromas of Chocolate covered raspberry candy, vanilla and dusty dried flowers. Very interesting nose. Cherry and Strawberry fruit fight for the center stage on the palette with hints of clove and minerals. Medium length and slightly disappointing finish with a bit of alcohol which leaves this wine seeming out of ba... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


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