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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

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  • Sangiovese

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Tenuta Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2009


    The nose is dark and firm, with black cherry skins, mineral Earth, and serious floral notes on top and a suggestion of spearmint. The palate is finessed, with great strength underneath, showing elegant red cherry, and raspberry, with Asian spice, and fine texture. Notes of charred Earth accent the structure, which is complete and balanced, albei... Read More

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  • Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2009


    Red cherry skins, and dried flowers lead the way on the nose with some clay Earth, mineral, and meatiness. The palate is nicely balanced, with finesse, showing more firm red cherry and floral notes, followed by a long, dusty finish. This is the full package, complete, satisfying, and likely to last in the cellar for a while. 91 Pts Read More

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  • Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2009


    Fragrant, dried black cherry, with Asian spice notes, flinty Earth, and a subtle dairy notes, comprise the nose on this welcoming wine. The palate shows fresh, red cherry, some anise, with mouth coating dusty tannins and long, mouthwatering finish. Well built, and really easy to drink. An excellent value. 91 Pts Read More

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  • Palazzo Brunello di Montalcino 2009


    Subtle smoke and incense overlay dusty dried red cherry skins on the nose, with a pleasant little note of smokey candle wax. Nicely structured and well balanced, the palate shows red cherry skins, dark Earth, and flinty stones, with dried herbs and a fine mouth coating finish that lingers. Elegant and solid at the same time. 92 Pts Read More

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... Piccolomini 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso  |  1 in stock  |  $49.99 Ciacci di Piccolomini 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso  |  4 in stock  |  $69.99 Clos du Mont Olivet 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Reflets cuvee Unique  |  7 in stock  |  $44.99 Clos Era... Read More

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  • If in the States right now I'd definitely be buying off this list. Really ... Really ... 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  |  1 in stock  |  $44.99 Altesino 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli  |  1 in stock  |  $59.99 Antinori 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Piane delle Vigne  |  2 in stock  |  $39.99 Argiano 1996 Brunello di Montalcino   |... Read More

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  • My favorite wine is Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino - but I can't afford it very often.  when I went to Italy I visited the Banfi Winery and fell in love with their Chianti.  But I have a lot of different wines I really like.  Just wish I had more folks in my life that liked wine.  :) Read More

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  • Livio Innocenti Brunello di Montalcino 2000


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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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