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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...

  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Montalcino on Snooth

  • Brunello di Montalcino le Chiuse 2010

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    The nose is full and firm with minerally black fruit richness at the core, faint vanilla bean, dates, sweet grilled meats, a little dark chocolate, and a layer of dried flowers.There's a pleasant, slightly chewy texture to the palate, with baked red cherry fruit that combines rusticity with subtle sweetness. The grilled meat carries through on t... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010

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    The nose is solid and finessed at the same time, showing dense, firm black cherry fruit and skins, with some warm spice, rose petals, and lanolin. The palate has a dignified character with plenty of detail, but expressed in a reserved way, letting out a little at a time. There is delicious spiced red cherry with fresh acidity, and a firm streak... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


  • Picked this up at Total Wine over a year ago and had it tonight with some ... ... going on with this Rosso di Montalcino, some subtle black cherry on the nose, a bit more black cherry and a touch of leather on the palate with some scratchy tannins, medium (-) acidity and a short finish.&nbs Read More

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  • 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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    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


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