Brunello/Rosso di Montalcino

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The view of medieval Tuscan town of Montalcino from the vineyards below is spectacular, as is the view of down to those vineyards from the city walls. Something about the Sangiovese from this small appellation is special, and makes Brunello di Montalcino one of the great wines of Italy. Don't want to spend big on a Brunello? You can still enjoy a wonderful Rosso di Montalcino at a very reasonable price.


Il Poggione 2017/2018 Rosso di Montalcino 750ml


Bright red cherries, stone fruits, smoke and tobacco are some of the notes that jump from the glass in the 2013 Rosso di Montalcino. In this vintage, the Rosso is bright, floral and medium in body, all of which make it extremely versatile. This is...

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Il Poggione 2014 Brunello di Montalcino 750ml


Il Poggione has one of the appellation's most enviable track records for quality and cellar longevity. The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino is a different beast. This wine prizes elegance, finesse and a compact mouthfeel. I would suggest a slightly shorter...

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Talenti 2013 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 375ml


Note: This is a half-bottle 375ml Critical Acclaim: Talenti's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino sees fruit sourced from the Sant'Angelo in Colle subzone of the appellation. This is a very satisfactory expression with pretty mineral tones of ash and crushed...

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Argiano 2014/2015 Brunello di Montalcino 750ml


Dark red-ruby. Enticing strawberry and red cherry aromas and flavors are complicated by floral and smoky notes. Multilayered and suave, with a hint of alcoholic warmth (14.5%) on the rising, long and suave finish dominated by a strong smoky note. Score:...

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Collemattoni 2017 Rosso di Montalcino 750ml


Here I’m finding ripe strawberries with brown sweet spice, hints of tobacco, cedar and wild herbs. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is soft and zesty on the palate, with ripe red berry fruit backed by saturating minerals and inner floral tones, showing...

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La Serena 2012 Brunello di Montalcino 750ml


Dark and deep in appearance, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino bears many of the hallmark characteristics of the vintage. Sangiovese produced smaller berries and thicker color extraction in this vintage. This Brunello does indeed show more muscle and...

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Caparzo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 750ml


Caparzo is one of two properties in Montalcino owned by the beautiful and charming Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini. The other property is Altesino. This wine, the Caparzo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is a very classic interpretation that delivers the goods...

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Canalicchio di Sopra 2017 Rosso di Montalcino 750ml


Canalicchio di Sopra pays special attention to its lower-end wines. I always like to point this out to readers in the search for great value from Tuscany. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is an immediate and enticing expression with soft layers of ripe...

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Biondi Santi 2016 Rosso di Montalcino 750ml


I am immediately smitten by the Biondi-Santi 2016 Rosso di Montalcino thanks to the purity of the aromas on display. The bouquet literally submerges the senses in Sangiovese, with those delicate aromas of wild rose, violets, wet earth and brambly forest...

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Frescobaldi 2015 Castelgiocondo Brunello 750ml


The 2015 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino comes together slowly in the glass, requiring a bit of coaxing in its currently-youthful state, opening up to reveal dusty dried florals, pretty strawberry, and crushed stone minerality. Ripe red fruits and...

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