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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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Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2011 375ml
Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2011 375ml
Price: $49.99
Special Price: $39.99

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
2015 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 50th Anniversary
2015 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 50th Anniversary
Price: $47.99
Special Price: $39.99

Christopher Deas: “It is the wine that got many of us drinking Brunello, as it is simply difficult to beat the value this wine offers. There are not many Brunello you can find under $40 – and have a distinguished history to share. The estate is responsible for getting Brunello into the hands of many, and the 2015 is a fitting vintage for the 50th anniversary of this historic estate. You can expect sweet red cherry fruit, cranberry, licorice, dried herbs, and minerality. It is a medium-bodied Brunello, easy drinking with its juicy, succulent fruit. Like the La Casa, the wine benefits with airtime and the wine softens and becomes even more inviting – showcasing more of the ripeness of the vintage. Happy 50th Caparzo - thanks for delivering Brunello that is approachable on the palate and in the pocket.” more info
2015 La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 750ml
2015 La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 750ml
Price: $59.99
Special Price: $49.99

Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “It is modern meets Old World at this prized address. And with its cherished high-altitude location coupled with an organic approach in the vineyards, there is underlying power to the textural unctuosity and sweetness of both fruit and tannins here. In 2015, the La Serena is large scaled, displaying the signature descriptors of richness, density, and earth. You can expect nuances of black cherries, blackberries, plum, dried flowers, licorice, tar, and herbal undertones that build on the finish. I describe this wine as a more masculine expression, not in structure, but in that there is a darker fruit element mixed in with tar, game, underbrush, and smoke. At the same time, the wine is chewy and welcoming on the palate. Now, here is the most important tip to enjoying this wine today (if you must), let it breathe for a few hours, as there is some baby fat. Let those earthy and woodsy notes on the nose blow off, and let the fruit in the glass calm down and integrate so you can experience the balance and purity that lies underneath. Great value.” more info
2015 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa 750ml
2015 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa 750ml
Price: $79.99
Special Price: $69.99

Christopher Deas: “Tasted beside the straight Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 50th Anni, there is no denying the structure the single vineyard bottling has over its normale sibling. This is northern climate Montalcino, there is more crispness to the wine in comparison to many of the expressions we have shared from further south – Caprili, Ciacci Piccolomini, and Lisini - just to name a few. This is cru Montalcino from a five-hectare plot and showcases its terroir - as a result, there is more precision here and this is a high- toned, red fruited Brunello. You can expect cherries, wild berries, plum, a touch of citrus, underbrush, herbs, and chalky minerality. It is a wine that needs to be decanted if it approached today, and with two hours of airtime the fruit softens, integrates, and impresses.” more info
Salvioni Cerbaiola Rosso di Montalcino 2018 750ml
Salvioni Cerbaiola Rosso di Montalcino 2018 750ml
Price: $89.99
Special Price: $79.99

Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “I know everyone is focused on the ripe 2015s, but this get me excited about 2018, just as the Valdicava Rosso did. This is a true, grand cru-like Baby Brunello from the cult producer Salvioni and prized vineyards at La Cerbaiola. Just two casks are produced in select vintages, and it is a rarity that overdelivers. What we appreciate best about the wine is the approachability. Like the older sibling Brunello, it has a nose that simply grabs you by the nostrils and pulls you in. The purity and concentration of fruit is simply awesome and that is the benefit of the lesser aging, as there is freshness with elegance. Red fruit galore, red cherries, wild berries, crushed flowers, herbs and exotic spices. The finish does lets you know we are in Montalcino with drying tannins making their presence known. Hard not to drink this bottle quick, it is that delicious.” more info
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2013 750ml
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2013 750ml
Price: $89.00

Savory herbs, forest floor, peppery spices, and licorice frame the sweet, brambly red and blue fruits in the 2013 bottling of Gaja’s entry-level Brunello. Sappy yet energetic, this wine embraces its tensions, and sweet fruits find their complements in savory herbs, bright acidity its match in silky tannins, and a floral inner perfume is complemented by a sturdy mineral core. This wine packs a punch for its price point! Originally, Gaja’s Pieve Santa Restituta, part of which abuts the historic vineyards of Gianfranco Soldera, had two major holdings, Rennina’s grouping of vineyards and Sugarille, but the estate added 25 very breezy acres in Brunello’s northeast subzone in 2005. Deriving from sites in Sugarille, Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri, the grapes for this wine ferment for a month in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for a year each in barriques and in botti. more info
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2015 750ml
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2015 750ml
Price: $99.99
Special Price: $89.99

Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “There is a lot of Brunello packed into this bottle! The wine shows the ripeness of the vintage but with more depth than some of its neighbors. It is Sangiovese Grosso on steroids with a powerful nose that reaches out, grabs you, and takes you to the hills of Tuscany. On the palate, there are gobs of upfront fruit, concentration, and texture, yet at the same time, there is plenty of depth, structure, and persistence that reverberate through the palate. You can expect nuances of dark cherries, dried berries, plum, even a touch of licorice, citrus peel, leather, brown spice and baked earth. The GAJA touch is on full display as this is an explosive wine with well-integrated, almost silk-like tannins that makes it deceivingly inviting today. We do recommend some aeration or short decant if drinking in the short term. Certainly one of the finest Brunello Classicos that we have tasted from this old, but newly rising star estate." more info
Caprili Brunello di Montalcino 2006
Caprili Brunello di Montalcino 2015 1.5L
Price: $129.99
Special Price: $109.99

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Lisini Brunello di Montalcino	2015 1.5L
Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2015 1.5L
Price: $169.00
Special Price: $134.99

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Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello di Montalcino 2013 750ml
Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello di Montalcino 2013 750ml
Price: $189.99
Special Price: $169.99

At once graceful and deceptively muscular, Cerbaiola’s ’13 Brunello dances out of the glass in a profusion of red and blue fruits, pressed violet petals, crushed river rocks, underbrush, orange zest, and spicy, peppery herbs. This wine embraces its contrasts, managing to be intense and precise, delicate and tannic, tightly wound and enveloping. Building to a lingering finish accented by savory minerality, this wine is intensely satisfying. Relying on traditional viniculture, Cerbaiola gives its grapes an extended maceration of 28 to 30 days in stainless steel, which is also used for fermentation (although usually without temperature control), and then the wine ages in large Slovenian oak barrels for three years and in bottles for at least six months. While approachable now with some decanting, this wine is ideal for Brunello fans with cellar space. more info