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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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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  • I'm renting a car and taking a road trip through part of Tuscany and Umbria ... a lot of wine (Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano), maybe do a cooking class, see olive oil in the making and eat good food.  Any recommendation Read More

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  • Máté DOC Rosso di Montalcino 2011

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    Tasty with ripe plum notes Read More

    Wine review by BlackMarlin


  • I think you will have lots of choices in birth year bottles for your son.  ... ... heard the Rossi from Montalcino are good, which might bode well for Brunello.I agree with D that if you want to age it, something with a little botrytis isn't a bad bet.  And, although the Loire wasn't as spot on as 2010, why not some Huet, with and without nobl... Read More

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  • Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Italy 2007

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    Notes of raspberry and blackberries combine with a great earthiness and a neat salty/briny edge (we were reminded of fresh seafood). Very layered and complex with lots soft plush tannins. On the palate there is more of the same with a similar fresh green/salty briny edge that we enjoyed. Also some violet/floral notes. Medium bodied, moderate len... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Brunello di Montalcino. Argiano 2008

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    Consistent enjoyment. A great Brunello and Rosso that thrives in F&B Wine venues. I have not been let down by ARGIANO. Viva Argiano.This wine does not disappoint in the right setting. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Brunello di Montalcino. Argiano 2008

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    Nice medium bodied rounded Brunello. Guests enjoyed 3 bottles, no Flaws. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Renieri Rosso di Montalcino 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by qu1x0tc


  • Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino Tuscany 2011

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    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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