The Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s most important and prestigious wines. The grapes, 100% Sangiovese Grosso, are grown within the hillsides of the township of Montalcino (Siena). Brunello di Montalcino cannot be released for sale until five years after the harvest and during this time the wines should be aged for at least 2 years in oak followed by at least 4 months in bottle. This example has undergone three years in big oak barrels, followed by a bottle finishing period of at least six months in temperature controlled cellars.
In 1879 the Province of Siena’s Amphelographic Commission determined, after a few years of controlled experiments, that Sangiovese and Brunello were the same grape variety, and that the former should be its designated name. In Montalcino the name Brunello evolved into the designation of the wine produced with 100% Sangiovese. In 1980, Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the first Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation and today is one of Italy’s best-known and most expensive wines
The appearance is an intense ruby red, with pale pomegranate highlights. The nose offers a decisive bouquet - fine, broad and lingering with hints of vanilla, cherry, raspberry, and liquorice. The palate is dry, warm, smooth, well-textured and lingering on the palate. Great wine with roasts, grilled meats, wild game, and elaborate dishes, as well as rare T-bone steaks. It can also be served alone, as a “reflection” wine.