Brunello di Montalcino Wines: The History
Brunello di Montalcino wines, simply known as Brunello, are one of Italy’s most famous and best known red wines. The wine shares top billing with such other highly rated Italian wines as Amarone, Barolo, Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Brunello di Montalcino wines are produced in vineyards and wineries surrounding the town of Montalcino, Italy. Montalcino is located in the Tuscany wine region south of Florence. The wine is 100% produced from the Sangiovese grapes. The wine was first produced as we know it today in the 1870s.
When my daughter Elizabeth Carris had the opportunity to discuss Italian wines with Italian wine expert Ivan Italiano, Elizabeth asked him about Brunello wines. Click on the video below to watch his response in one of their three video interviews:
This 2004 Brunello is produced and bottled by Belpoggio Wines, a small winery near Castelnuovo dell’Abate. There were 1,125 cases of the 2004 produced.
The color of was a deep ruby red. The nose had some earthiness to it and produced hints of black fruit and perhaps blackberries.
On the palate there was a sweetness with a pleasant cherry taste, a little spice and coffee flavors. This is a dry wine with aggressive tannins. The mouth feel was a bit tart and chewy. The finish was good and of a nice length with a little spice.
The wine scored by wine reviewers in the upper 80s:
Wine Enthusiast Magazine 88/100 points
Wine Spectator Magazine 87/100 points
Wine-Searcher.com 85/100 points
The average bottle price is $46.60 with a range of prices from $29.00 to $63.00. This wine should pair well with red meat or game dishes such as leg of lamb, steaks of all types and some dishes with sausages.
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