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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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  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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  • Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2012

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    Floral, absolute perfumy and tense with fine raspberry fruit,mineral tones and vaguely herbal aromas. All this detail and complexity comes through on the palate as well. Rich and tense, theres a lovely core of lovely red fruit, cherries and spice, her with with great acids and fine, angular tannins that are rough but not dry. Classic tannins tha... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2012

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    Lipstick, earthy and mineral aromas greet the nose followed by the faint sweetness of a range of fresh, herbal aromas. This is complex and perfumed with, rhubarb and beetroot laid over ripe berry fruit. Rich with fruit and great energy in the mouth, this shows off bright lingonberry, cherry, wild raspberry flavors that gain a fine mineral note o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rosso di Montalcino Voliero 2012

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    Tight on the nose, and floral in an earthy way. Clear and fresh on the palate with an attractive purity to the with rich flavors of tart red fruits, all underpinned with bright acids and small raw tannins, so fresh and bright. Theres a nice mineral streak on the back end that drives through the long, tenacious finish. A bit small scaled and cer... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Collosorbo Rosso di Montalcino 2012

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    Hard on the nose with tight aromas of something mineral and vaguely earthy with lovely medicinal herb and rusty soil tones over some cranberry fruit. This is gorgeous on entry, with rich flavors of rhubarb, raspberry, mineral and a hint of dried herb that all come together perfectly and remain well supported by soft tannins and finely integrated... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cerbaia Rosso di Montalcino 2008

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    Bretty with aromas of leather, and gamy animal scents. Its off-putting for some but complex and intense, with aromas of beet root and medicinal herbs. Big, powerful and packed with tannin this is a rich, deeply flavored and extracted Rosso with impressive complexity on the palate and impressive detail. Long, chewy and admittedly fabulous this ne... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fortius Brunello di Montalcino Il Grappolo 2009

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  • Tenuta San Giorgio Ugolforte Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    From the far south east just east of Casale Nuove dell'AbateSweetly oaky on the nose with somewhat spicy dark raspberry and cherry fruit on the layered over clay earth and streaked with vanilla. Rounded and polished on entry with cherries in alcohol on the palate, this freshens up a bit on the midpalate with slightly candied cherry flavors. The... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fortius Brunello di Montalcino Il Grappolo 2009

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    West of San Angelo, slight west of Capanne RicciSweet, rich and powerful on the nose with deep leathery, slightly jammy wild cherry fruit, hints of flowers, wood spice and a bit of pork sausage. Very nicely done. Moderately rich and ripe on entry with lovely density and ripeness to the tannins. The core of fruit is a bit chunky and darker than m... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tenuta Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    A blend of fruit fromt he northwest (Casale del Bosco) and the southeast (manachiara). Typically a blend from 20 vineyard plotsTight and focused on the nose. Reticent but with lovely hint of sour cherry and a tight little herbal notes over some gentle raw wood tones. Bright and vinous on the palate with lots of austerity and minerality adding ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Palazzo Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    Located at 1050 ft with a southeast exposure,Leathery and a little bretty on the nose with lovely aromas of old wood, dried tart cherry fruit, moss and minerally earth. Perfumy and attractive. Lovely texture in the mouth with ripe tannins, nice depth to the palate, and incipient complexity under the small strawberry and raspberry fruit flecked ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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