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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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 ...

  • Syrah

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

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  • Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino Tuscany 2011


    3 Times.= 3 X's performance. Thanks for a Full-Throttle Rosso 2011. My guests were amazed (3X's) - I trust this producer. Mille Gratis Valdicava.- 5 STARS only because it remained Valdicava 2011. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Hey Vinovino, I was was in Italy last November- December, loved it. What did ... wife think of the wines in Montalcino? I really like the sheep cheese but all the food was great even when I wasn't sure what I was eating. I was invited to the Thanksgiving dinner the school had for the students, Pasta with a pumpkin sauce (interesting), wild boa... Read More

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  • Hi Neecer, just showed my wife your first post and she recognized the car park ... the background as being in Montalcino, where she enjoyed a week of vacation last year. Welcome to snooth!  We've been to Washington state and to Oregon several times and are planning our next trip to visit our son in Portland this July. You are very lucky to liv... Read More

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  • Antico Colle Rosso di Montepulciano 2009


    85% sangiovese, 10% cabernet sauvignon, 5% Merlot Interestingly this is both dark and leathery as well as being spicy and bright on the nose with plenty of black currant and slightly jammy strawberry fruit. very focused on entry, with a whiff of oak accompanying the taut berry fruit. the tannins are very well managed here and the acid as well o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • La Magia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2001


    Enjoyed this La Magia 2001 on 1 March, 2014. It has been in my cellar since Nov 2009 so 4+ years.Bought for EUR 50 on a wine cruise with Silja Line. The wine opened up in the glass nicely after some 30 min. Still very dark ruby in color, slightly thin on edges. Blackberries, red currant, cherry and hints of licorice and vanilla. Full bodied, but... Read More

    Wine review by Ruski

  • BB, I know I speak for the group when I say we all had a great time the other ... d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino. This is what I think sangiovese should be.  Smooth with ripe stone fruit, fine tannin, a touch of earthiness and a long tongue coating finish that begged you to take another sip.We are all looking forward to Bob's next visit! I'm... Read More

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  • Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino Tuscany 2011


    Valdicava is always a favorite. Impressive.Bright young cherry, start and finish. Full throttle as promised for its youth. Enjoy this wine now and hope 2012 is better and we get our hands on it first. Viva Valdicava. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2010


    A very unusual nose, both bitter and herbal as well as creamy and buttery. Coffee, licorice and brewed tea come to the fore with air. Smooth in the mouth with black spiced berry fruit that is tight but simple. Shows pretty good length but nothing standouts. Pleasant and ordinary. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Siro Pacenti Rosso di Montalcino 2010


    Rather sweet on the nose, and toasty with simple sweet fruit layered over some vanilla and topped with floral nuance. Surprisingly cool and compact on entry with great acids and polished tannins lending this a smooth fee. Today it's just a touch short and shows a hint of heat but there's plenty of chewy fruit here helping to buffer the palate. T... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • That was a great time! Thanks V.V., and the rest of the gang, for such ... ... ... Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino, Riserva "Santa Caterina D'Oro"Lovely nose of pretty spiced cherry that is moderately dense in character. Solid underneath with notes of flinty Earth.The palate is quite aromatic with licorice notes, black tea, and tobacco. Th... Read More

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