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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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2004


    The wines of Piero Palmucci are consistently outstanding, and this one is no exception. The nose starts off with roasted red cherry, mulling spices, and brown sugar overlaid with sweet tobacco leaf and sandalwood. It is very giving on the nose, but still quite finessed.The palate is full of textured red cherry, and Asian spice, with a gentle che... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc

  • La Torre Rosso di Montalcino 2012


    This wine is earthy, with a hint of "barnyard" to it. It has a wonderful mushroomy, velvety taste that is medium-bodied and perfect with northern italian dishes. Read More

    Wine review by DCStar

  • Podere Paganico Rosso di Montalcino 2012


    Color is light in the glass and the wine is light on the palate. Red fruit, sharp acidity and soft tannins with a soft touch of french oak. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Tenuta Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2006


    Initial heavy, stinky nose blows off after a few minutes. A fresh one replaces it showing some strawberry, mint, maybe, some citrus. No big blast of fruit on entry, but there is noticeable red berry hints. Very nice, not overwhelming acid. Some hints of earthiness. Fairly stiff tannin sneaks in on the back of the palate. Good wine and one ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Now this is interesting - give it a read:  ... of Tuscany's Brunello di Montalcino were celebrating Thursday after Italian police foiled a plot to flood the market with over 220,000 counterfeit bottles of the prized red wine.A noted wine expert who had obtained fake Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino labels and was able to falsify certification i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic One Of The Biggest Wine...

  • Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino Tuscany 2011


    Mille Gratis Table #52 and Mr. FOX at Barolo.- 3 very, very, different bottles from the very same case.Fortunately (Mr. Fox) was informed Re: 100% Sangiovese and her bizarre behavior. What an adventure. Thanks Mr. Fox. @ Barolo Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino 2003


    This wine exhibits the bright ruby color that is typical of Brunello. The nose ...-montalcino.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • San Polo Rosso di Montalcino 2011


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    Wine review by mark

  • Castello Banfi 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by qillaq

  • Tenuta San Giorgio Ugolforte Brunello di Montalcino 2009


    Sweet wood notes on the nose with cranberry, dried herbs, black pepper, and some cinnamon candy. The palate is fresh, and light in weight with clean red cherry, moderate acidity, and fine grained tannins. 87 Pts Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc

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