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Brunello di Montalcino (Italy)

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

It is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes.

Flavors

Red Cherry
Red
Cherry
Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Strawberry
Strawberry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Blueberry
Violets
Violets
Licorice
Licorice
Minerals
Minerals

Oak Added Flavors:

Toast
Toast
Coffee
Coffee
Tobacco
Tobacco
Leather
Leather

Cherries and Wild Berries are typical Brunello di Montalcino flavors.

Depending on climate the Cherries / Berries will be Red or Blue.

Cold Climate: Sour Cherry. Red Berries. Strawberry. Licorice. Violet. Tea.

Warm Climate: Blueberry. Sweet Cherry. Plum. Herbs.

Hints of Flowers (Violets), Spices, and salty Minerals.

Profile

Brunello di Montalcino is known to have good power and fullness. Juicy fruits and soft tannins:

BODYMedium
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Pasta
Pasta
Risotto
Risotto
Ham
Ham
Salami
Salumi
Pizza
Pizza
Hamburger
Hamburger
Chicken
Chicken
Turkey
Turkey
Sausages
Sausages
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Wild Boar
Wild Boar
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Deer
Game
Red Meat
Beef

Brunello di Montalcino pairs well with both Tuscan and International food.

It loves Rich Pasta Dishes, Tomato Sauces, Stews and Mushroom Sauces.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tomato Sauce. Meat Sauce.
Truffle Sauce. Mushroom Sauce.
Rich Pasta. Rich Risotto. Pasta Cabonara.
Pasta Arrabbiata. Pasta with Truffles.
Rich Pizza. Pizza Picante. Lasagna.
Poultry. Rich Chicken. Turkey. Rabbit.
Hamburger. Sausages. Veal.
Wild Boar Stew. Ox Tail Stew.
Pork. Herb Grilled Pork.
Lamb. Lamb with Rosemary.
Red Meat. Braises. Roast Beef. Game.

Cheese:
Mature Cheese. Pecorino. Parmigiano. Asiago. Provolone.

Tuscan Specialities:
Ribollita (Hearthy Soup).
Bistecca Fiorentina (Florentine Steak).
Risotto (with Meat or Mushroom Sauce).
Polenta with Black Truffle.
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms.

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.

Sangiovese Wines

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

The difference between the 2 Montalcino wines and the other famous wines from Tuscany such Chianti and Montepulciano wines is that Montalcino wines are 100% Sangiovese while Chianti and Montepulciano are blends.

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is the perfect glass for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

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