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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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  • Merlot

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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...

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Montalcino on Snooth

  • Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino 2013

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    Wine review by Stubs66


  • I drink a lot of Montalcino, so I'm working on it.  But I really need to get scientific and put things from different areas side by side.  I try to stay away from the barrique raised wines, which might help a bit. Matthews's work is focusing on grapes now, in particular wine grapes, but he didn't start out there:  He's a plant physiologist whose... Read More

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  • Agreed. And if you spent a lot of time in Montalcino or one of the other places you mention, or any region really, I'm sure you'd eventually be able to discern those differences. There are precious few people who can do that however, and of course the vintage and the wine making are going to have serious impacts.I've been saying for a long time ... Read More

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  • GregT, agree with you completely.  Matthews isn't saying there's ... difference between parts of Montalcino, which should be broken into subzones by exposure and altitude, or Chianti Classico vs. other Chianti zones, because there are differences.  You should be able to tell, if you have the same vintage and winemaking, between subzones of Rio... Read More

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  • Just Shipped -                  ... ... Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino                                                                                                                                2012 Bodegas Volver Tri Read More

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  • Been a little busy - the grim reaper appeared twice in my life since last ... ...     Brunello di Montalcino Riserva&nbs Read More

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  • Tenuta Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Pian Bassolino 2007

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    Aroma notes of pansy flower box and fruits, plums, strawberries, cherries, incense and earthy tones lead an explosion of ripe fruit, tasty oak spices and expresso with a tad bit of chocolate thrown in. There are tannins, chewy but fine and well balanced acidity that delivers a long and satisfying aftertaste this last for another 5-8 years ea... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tenuta Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Pian Bassolino 2007

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    Wine review by khovey


  • Tenuta Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Pian Bassolino 2007

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    Wine review by khovey


  • Tenuta Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Pian Bassolino 2007

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    Wine review by khovey


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