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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Melini Sangiovese Brunello di Montalcino 2001


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    Wine review by genesisyell

  • Riccardo Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2006


    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

  • Lamaione Merlot Tuscany 2003


    Intensely aromatic with nutty oak, smoky coals, charcoal, heavy toast, Cocoa, burnt sugar, and pruney fruit notes. This freshens up somewhat revealing slightly roasted black fruits, mineral and spice tones with a nicely refreshing top note of spearmint and sage. There might be a touch of brett here as well. In the mouth this is elegant with sof... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Sangiovese is one of my favorite grapes. A very food friendly profile that ...-montalcino-riserva-vigna-schiena-dasino-mastrojanni-1999/This opens with a big, wiry nose with subtle spice tones setting off the wild berry fruit. There are nice complicating notes of graham cracker, hot iron, smoke, shoe polish and a touch of milkiness in the back... Read More

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  • Suga di Val Brunello di Montalcino 2001


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    Wine review by ZeroT23

  • Brunello la Lecciaia Rv03 2003


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    Wine review by mattr

  • Suga di Val Brunello di Montalcino 2001


    Val di Suga translates to "Valley of the Sauce". With the vineyards sloped facing the sun, these grapes bake all day long giving the wine a wonderful core of red and black fruits hidden hidden under pepper and earthy terroir; the refined tannins and bright acidity confirms why Sangiovese and tomato sauce go so well with each other. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski

  • Molino di Sant'Antimo Rosso di Montalcino 2004


    11.99 at my store, this Sangiovese did not disappoint. Light and dry, fairly smooth. Read More

    Wine review by techmom

  • Castello Banfi 2003


    Easy to drink. Moderate tannins and great with red meat as one would expect. Nice mouth feel and finish. Read More

    Wine review by DrSMF

  • For about a year now I've been tinkering with the idea of starting up a website ... ... # 895Brunello di Montalcino 2001Tenuta Valdicava (V. Abbruzzese) (12 Bottles)Snooth Database: to Lot: IN LO... Read More

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