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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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Capanne Ricci Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    Quite Earthy on the nose, with roasted black cherry flesh and a grilled meats. The Earthy quality continues on the palate along with spiced black cherry, the acidity is a bit understated, being upstaged by the solid fruit and pronounced,but fine tannins. 89 Pts. Read More

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  • Fortius Brunello di Montalcino Il Grappolo 2009

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    The first impression on the nose is of beautiful spiced, red cherry fruit, followed by tobacco, some forest floor notes, orange rind, molasses, and dried flowers. The palate has lean red cherry, with more spice, mineral, dried herbs, and a moderately long finish. Well balanced, with good structure. 37,000 bottles produced. 90 Pts Read More

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  • Brunello di Montalcino Ciacci Piccolomini 2009

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    Fine, black cherry, and black berry fruit, with elegant dried floral notes are the focus on the nose, along with burnt orange, iron, and a subtle richness. The palate has a fine grain, and elegant weight, with flavors of black cherry skins, anise, and some dried herbs. A bit awkward at this young age, with plenty of upside. 90Pts Read More

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  • Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    Here is a wine that is consistently solid, ready to drink, and well balanced. The 2009 is no exception. Starting with a core of dark, spiced, black cherry flesh and skins, the nose draws you in. The presence of mineral and bramble notes provides added complexity as dried flowers float over it all to punctuate things. The palate has nicely aromat... Read More

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  • Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli 2009

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    Beautifully rustic on the nose with cedar, forest floor, warm Earth, dried herbs, and firm black cherry fruit and skins. The palate has firm black fruit, more forest floor, and acidity in good measure that melds into the firm, fine tannins. The finish is long and interesting with some funk, and fine, mouth-coating tannins. 90Pts Read More

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  • Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    The nose first shows firm masculine black cherry and black berry fruit with aromatic wood and some incense. On the palate, solid black cherry, some sweet tobacco and Earthy underbrush lead into a long, mouthwatering finish that has fine grip, and lingering tobacco notes. 91Pts Read More

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  • Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    Forward, warm and toasty, spiced cherry leads the way on the nose. Like a roasted cherry cobbler, with aromatic herbs, dried flowers, and forest floor. Very nice complexity. The palate has firm, fresh, black cherry,with solid tannins, some espresso notes (which also develop later on the nose) and a long clean finish. Quite a nice ride. A blend ... Read More

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  • Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    Rich Earth and aromatic red cherry skins with underlying minerality and notes of dried herbs (thyme?). Later green tobacco and sandalwood appear on the nose. The palate is delicious being somehow rich and lean at the same time.Spiced red cherry leads the way with nice freshness and juicy acidity. The finish is long and finely textured. Satisfyin... Read More

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  • Tenuta Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    The nose is dark and firm, with black cherry skins, mineral Earth, and serious floral notes on top and a suggestion of spearmint. The palate is finessed, with great strength underneath, showing elegant red cherry, and raspberry, with Asian spice, and fine texture. Notes of charred Earth accent the structure, which is complete and balanced, albei... Read More

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  • Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    Red cherry skins, and dried flowers lead the way on the nose with some clay Earth, mineral, and meatiness. The palate is nicely balanced, with finesse, showing more firm red cherry and floral notes, followed by a long, dusty finish. This is the full package, complete, satisfying, and likely to last in the cellar for a while. 91 Pts Read More

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