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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 2011 La Velona Rosso Di Montalcino Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Brunello di Montalcino Mate 94js 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by invinoveritas78

  • Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino 2013


    Binny's 3/2016. I believe it to be the "jury is still out" bottle of wine. I ... like we will have to revisit Montalcin Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Vajra1

  • Sometimes one just doesn't like the style of the reserve, or the way it has ... There are a few makers in Montalcino, for example, who want to lower the barrel aging requirement so that vintages that aren't built for wood aging can be better wines.  I don't think strictly, that a reserve wine is always the better wine for every drinker.  Just a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish

  • Terrasole Brunello di Montalcino Wine. Red 2004


    2007 vintage review - very smooth, dark fruit start with tobacco finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Terralsole Brunello Montalcino 2007


    Dark fruit flavors to begin and then a smokey finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Oh, crap, did we all miss one potentially obvious choice?  I know our OP ... talk Mike into a meet up in Montalcino.  All he needs to do is win another trip. ESOL, what has you in Europe?  Where are you lugging your wine back to?  And have you considered that you may have to pay duty?  True that you will get things you couldn't and at prices t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic One Day in Europe for Wine...

  • I was going to recommend Chianti or Montalcino--friends went there recently and didn't have too much trouble getting into wineries to taste, Montalcino has tasting rooms right downtown.  My other recommendations was going to be flying to somewhere close to Avignon and going to Chateauneuf du Pape.  David Sharp at WineMine recently was there and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic One Day in Europe for Wine...

  • Nice gift Al.OT, I'm going with NG as your gifter. Lucky you!I neglected to ... wine is a 2008 Brunello di Montalcino, can't recall the producer but dawns a faded black label as is customary for many Brunello's with various red, blue, white, and maybe some gold text colors. Going to guess Fox was my SS as he knows I've liked Brunello in the pas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015

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