Cards of Wine

Brunello di Montalcino (Italy)

Brunello di Montalcino is a red wine from the town Montalcino in Tuscany.

It is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes.

Profile

Body
Tannins
Fruit
Acidity

Flavors

Red Fruit. Dark Fruit. Cherries.
Flowers. Violets.
Oak. Licorice. Coffee. Smoke.

Food Pairing

Brunello di Montalcino loves Florentine Steak.

Chianina Beef. Lamb with Rosemary. Game.
Pasta. Polenta. Risotto with Meat or Mushroom Sauce.
Portobello Mushroom. White Truffle.

Mature Cheese. Pecorino Toscano. Parmigiano Reggiano. Asiago. Provolone.

Serving temperatures:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

DOC(G)

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG has a younger brother called Rosso di Montalcino DOC. Both come from the Tuscany region of Italy. Both are made from 100% Sangiovese.

The Rosso di Montalcino DOC classification originated in 1984 to create a fresher wine that needed less aging than Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.

The DOC is lighter and require only six months in oak and one year total aging before release.

This classification enables the producers to make money from the DOC while waiting for the DOCG wine to age.

About Sangiovese

Sangiovese translates to "Blood of Jove" (the Roman God Jupiter).

The Sangiovese wines from Tuscany are world famous.

Typical Chianti and Montepulciano wines are Sangiovese blends (70-80%).

Typical Montalcino wines are made from 100% Sangiovese:

DOC(G)Grapes
Brunello di Montalcino 100% Sangiovese
Rosso di Montalcino 100% Sangiovese
Chianti Minimum 80% Sangiovese
Nobile di Montepulciano Minimum 70% Sangiovese
Rosso di Montepulciano Minimum 70% Sangiovese