The Brunello di Montalcino is the most prestigious Tuscan appellation, mythically and historically in Tuscany, the appellation is attached to a fortress town south of Siena where the red wines are of unmatched power and longevity. Biondi Santi in the years 1888, the Brunello is now produced under more than a hundred labels, representing small farms, large estates and even international companies.
The wines of the appellation are 100% Sangiovese, one of the most famous and most common grape varieties in Italy. If translated literally, Sangiovese means “blood of Jupiter“, in tribute to one of the first Roman gods. This grape variety is known for its black color with violet hues, it matures late and sometimes causes problems during the harvest.
Marketed 6 years after the harvest, the wines are aged at least 2 years in wood, then the rest in bottle. This grape gives wines with typical aromas of black cherries and wild spices, high acidity and robust tannins. Montalcino has two advantages, such as the hot, dry climate of the Tuscan coast, as well as the stony and less fertile soils of the area. These assets allow him to grow Sangioveses with the longest life (up to 20 years for Brunello) and the most concentrated. The red wines of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation have a red, intense ruby color, tending to garnet with aging. The nose is intense and characteristic, revealing dry and warm aromas on the palate, as well as slightly tannic notes. They are robust and harmonious wines.
Among the wines of the appellation, we love the 2011 vintage of the Il Marroneto estate, a huge Brunello di Montalcino rated 97/100 by Wine Enthusiast 2010.