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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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Merlot

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

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Montalcino on Snooth

  • Podere Paganico Rosso di Montalcino 2012

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    Fairly generic and mundane sangio. Not a lot going on with this Rosso di Montalcino, some subtle black cherry on the nose, a bit black cherry and a touch of leather on the palate with some scratchy tannins, medium (-) acidity and a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Casa Bottega Brunello di Montalcino Il Vino Dei Poeti 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Fattoria Dei Barbi Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2007

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    Slightly ochre in color. Fairly fruity on entry--red plum, raspberry. Fairly stiff tannin. Bitterness on the rear palate--this seems to diminish with subsequent tastes. As the meal profressed, I can't say this wine improved. It really seemed unbalanced. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Rosso di Montalcino 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Thanks EM.  My spousal unit just did a tour of the bathroom and after ... ... of Italian wine (Brunello di Montalcino 2008 from Collosorbo, $104 on the menu, so $52 to us) which we opened and sipped a bit while waiting for the pizza to be cooked.  Everything was tasty so it worked out wel Read More

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  • Fattoria Dei Barbi Rosso di Montalcino 2011

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    Right clear red color with a fair amount of light coming through. Fresh, tart nosesome red fruit. Enjoyable red cherry taste on introduction to the tonguequite light though. Similar profile that I expect from a Sangio from Tuscanymedium bodied, good, albeit, delicate, refreshing acid. Easy to drink. Probably not one that I would expect to su... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Fattoria Dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2008

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    Nice maroon color that might tilt towards brownish tinge. Kind of a musty nosedried fruit. Raisiny, dried fruit characteristic on the tongue that I normally get from Nebbiolos. Fairly full-bodied and quite round. Very mild tannin and very mild acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Linda.  We look forward to hearing about your ... having a Virtual Tasting of Montalcino wines on April 27. If you and your husband are available for this 8:30 pm (EDT) webcast, I'm sure you willl enjoy it.  Click on this link and you can RSVP for it.  I don't think you have to RSVP to sit in, but if you do, Snooth ... Read More

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  • Carione Brunello di Montalcino

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    2005 Read More

    Wine review by sjbae


  • Mocali Brunello di Montalcino 2010

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    Lighter wine - like a Valpolicella. Read More

    Wine review by icbang


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