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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...

  • Vermentino

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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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  • Casanova di Neri Rosso di Montalcino 2009


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    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Casanova di Neri Rosso di Montalcino 2009


    Bright and young red cherry start with a long explosive, again young long finish. Decanted and enjoyed. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Focaia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2004


    very smooth wine I brought over from Tuscany Read More

    Wine review by runningbear

  • Solaria Rosso di Montalcino 2012


    Reticent on the nose with suggestions of spice and tobacco. fairly soft in the mouth with modest intensity, thi is not making much of an impression. Its fairly tannic for its size, showing some light, creamy cherry fruit on the palate in a simple and easy style. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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