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With its growth, Brunello became recognized as the ultimate expression of the Sangiovese grape in that it combines power, concentration, complexity, and personality that few Chiantis or Vino Nobile di Montepulcianos can match. However, it is not the clone itself that is responsible for this. Among the contributing factors are soil composition, climatic conditions, altitudes, and ageing requirements set by the DOCG. In the Montalcino zone the soil will generally contain more sand and limestone than soils farther north in the region of Chianti. The climate is another decisive factor, as there is a significant shift from the damper, cooler, continental climate of Chianti Classico to a more dry, heat-infused Mediterranean environment that is cooled by air currents formed by the Montalcino hills and shelter provided by Tuscany’s highest peak, Mount Amiata. It is these influences that enhance the muscularity of the Sangiovese grape, in turn making a more rich, dark, concentrated, and delicious red (heavier and more tannic than Chianti). The tongue-curling tannins and firm acidity allow these wines to age and have captured the attention of wine collectors worldwide. The longevity of wines from this area was tested by Clemente’s grandson Ferruccio Biondi-Santi when he laid down significant quantities of the 1888 and 1891 vintages. These have proven their endurance through countless tastings, even one hundred years after their bottling. While the Santi family had this early vision, it wasn’t until the 1960’s that Brunello began to show its grandeur thanks to the early efforts of the Costanti estate and Giovanni Colombini of Fattoria dei Barbi, among others.
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Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2012 750ml
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Always delicious, in 2012 Talenti’s Rosso di Montalcino shows a juicy, earthy, sauvage profile. Ripe, succulent red and blue fruit sit on a framework of leather, meaty notes, savory minerals, saddle leather, licorice and wildflowers; vibrant yet silky, this wine holds delicious tension in its finish. Talenti’s Rosso di Montalcino acts like a little brother to the estate’s classic Brunello; it has all of the Brunello’s characteristics shown on a slightly smaller scale. Made from grapes harvested from younger Brunello vines, this wine matures in oak barrique for two years and in bottle for one. The resulting wine possesses an enchanting balance between ripe red fruit, spunky acidity, nice minerality, spicy Montalcino terroir, and velvety tannins. more info
Baricci Rosso di Montalcino 2013 750ml
Baricci Rosso di Montalcino 2013 750ml
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2013 was a classic year, and this wine reflects its cool, balanced, and temperate growing season in its elegance, seamlessness and harmony. Succulent red and blue fruits are framed by crushed violets, warm baking spices, fresh-cut herbs and telltale Montalcino earth. Caressing yet nervy, this ’13 Rosso almost dances across the palate with its lively acidity; it’s beguiling and utterly itself. Essentially crafted as a declassified Brunello, this Rosso di Montalcino derives from the same Montosoli vineyards as the estate’s Brunello; the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, and the wine ages in medium-sized oak botti. Our fastest selling Rosso di Montalcino of all time, Baricci Rosso di Montalcino has a well-deserved reputation for its aromatics, suppleness and understated rustic charm. more info
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2007 750ml
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2007 750ml
Price: $49.50
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It’s a silky, stunning, radiant wine, one that’s exquisitely balanced, beautifully structured and as welcoming today as it will be rewarding a couple of decades in the future. Really, this ’07 Brunello is the Meryl Streep of wine, a beauty of unimaginable complexity and depth that’ll only get better with age. Ripe tart berries and cherries, wildflowers and violets, cypress and chestnut trees, baking spices and a touch of caramel--all these Brunello elements rest on a gorgeous framework, complemented by swishy, sultry tannins. Best to sit in your cellar for a half-decade and drink for the next three decades thereafter. more info
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
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Ripe, succulent red and blue fruits dance on a bed of crushed violet and rose petals, warm cigar wrapper, dark spices, saline minerals and smoke in this unabashedly sensual, completely beguiling ’11 Brunello. There’s a strong mineral core to this wine, and it propels you to a lingering, balanced finish. Lush, grippy tannins wrap the palate in this Brunello bottling that’s approachable almost right out of the gate; balanced and inviting, this brooding bottling compels you to drink it. Deriving from the estate's southeastern-facing vineyards on Montosoli hill in Brunello's northern subzone, the biodynamically grown grapes for this Brunello ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages first in botti and then in bottle before release. more info
Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2010 750ml
Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2010 750ml
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The child of a landmark vintage, the ripe yet precise '10 Brunello from Capanna wraps its succulent red fruit around a core of telltale Montalcino terroir--earth, cypress, wildflowers, and spice--then dusts it with mocha and layers it with cigar wrapper. Velvety tannins grip the palate, and this wine’s fine structure means you can lay down this ’10 for later enjoyment. A small, family-owned-and-operated Montosoli estate that has long been a favorite of IWM, Capanna has made a reputation for sensuous Brunellos with fuller bodies and impressive structures. more info
Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2012 750ml
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Capanna’s powerful, darkly beautiful ’12 Brunello explodes out of the glass with a profusion of ripe red and blue fruits, cigar wrapper, chestnut husks, wildflowers, underbrush and licorice. Silky, fine-grained tannins snuggle the palate, a sweet inner perfume greets the senses, and earthy minerals propel this luscious wine to a lingering finish; you can drink this ’12 Brunello almost upon release, yet it has the structure to drink for upwards of a decade. A small, family-owned-and-operated Montosoli estate that has long been a favorite of IWM, Capanna has made a reputation for sensuous Brunellos with fuller bodies and impressive structures. This wine ages in large oak casks for 34 to 38 months, followed by six months in bottle before release. more info
Salvioni Cerbaiola Rosso di Montalcino 2014 750ml
Salvioni Cerbaiola Rosso di Montalcino 2014 750ml
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Salvioni made no Brunello in 2014, putting all of its grape production into its Rosso di Montalcino instead, and this ’14 bottling wants you to drink it right now. Juicy red fruits and sweet dried fruits cavort with pipe tobacco, grilled herbs, warm baking spices, potpourri, and crushed violets in this wine that marries its delineation with immediate approachability. Fresh yet intense, this Rosso shows that even in a very challenging year, Salvioni can make something beautiful; a nicely sprightly acidity propels this wine across the palate. Grapes ferment with natural yeasts in stainless steel for about a month, and the wine ages in large barrels for about a year, followed by another year in bottle before release. more info
Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
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Opulent, energetic, and finessed, this concentrated wine from Collemattoni might be the standout Brunello of the 2011 vintage. Reflecting its warm growing year, this is a brooding Brunello that bursts from the glass with a delicious perfume: sweet red and black fruits, toasted cigar wrapper, sun-warmed earth, licorice, potpourri and baking spices mingle seductively. Vibrant acidity keeps this rich wine nimble as it wraps the palate with a textured mouth-feel full of chewy tannins and builds to a very satisfying finish. Collemattoni handpicks its grapes and they undergo fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks for 30 days; the wine then ages in Slovenian oak casks for at least thirty months and in bottle for four months before release. A wine for enthusiasts who appreciate ripe, juicy Brunello, this ’11 Collemattoni bottling can be approachable now with decanting, but it’ll be even better a few years down the road. more info
Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2013 750ml
Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2013 750ml
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Precise, intense, and vibrant, this ’13 Brunello seems to have it all--a lifted yet lush palate, a pure Montalcino nose, and a beguiling balance between approachability and structure. Succulent red fruits dance against a backdrop of violet petals, espresso, crushed river rocks, new leather, blackberry jam and underbrush; fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks as this muscular, textured wine drives to a sappy, elegant finish. Deriving from organically grown grapes on fifteen-year-old vines, this wine ferments in stainless steel tanks for about 25 days; the wine then ages in Slovenian oak casks for at least thirty months and in bottle for four months before release. Both rich and nervy, Collemattoni’s 2013 Brunello can be enjoyed upon release, making it ideal for wine-lovers with less patience than cellar space, yet its structure will allow it to age nicely over the next decade or more. more info
Baricci Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
Baricci Brunello di Montalcino 2011 750ml
Price: $64.99
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Ripe, rich and brooding, this ’11 Brunello shows its warm vintage in its dark notes. Juicy cherries and brambly berries cavort on a foundation of incense, umami, dried herbs, sun-warmed earth, and toasted nuts. While this wine is broad-shouldered and welcoming, a sturdy core of smoky minerals and vibrant acidity keep it nimble all the way to its powerful, lingering finish. You can drink this Baricci Brunello right out of the gate, but it has the structure to cellar for the medium term. Baricci uses non-interventionist practices in farming its Galestro schist-based vineyards that sit at about 850 feet above sea level, and it uses very traditional methods in the cantina too: fermenting in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, and aging in medium-sized oak botti. more info