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2016 Brunello Tasting – Toronto


When Clemente Santi, while in inspecting his exclusively sangiovese planted vineyard, in 1865 observed a vine with bunches bearing small brownish berries, never imagined the wine would become world famous.

He knew that small berries yield more flavourful wines, than large ones. He called his new “found” grape, a natural version of sangiovese, brunello “ the little brown one”, never thinking it becoming an iconic Italian red wine now called Brunello Di Montalcino.

The town lies 112 kilometres south of Sienna, is warmer than Chianti Classico territory, and enjoys a dry climate. The fame of Brunello di Montalcino started when the Italian ambassador in London decided to serve it during a state banquet at the beginning of the 20th century.

In the town of Montalcino Brunello di Montalcino classified vineyards cover 5120 hectares, followed by 1260 hectares classified Rosso di Montalcino, 124 moscadello, and 1186 Sant’ Antimo.

The northern part of Montalcino is cooler than that of south, and yields lighter and more acid driven wines. Some wineries maintain vineyards in both parts and blend for consistent and a fuller bodied wines. The most desirable vineyards are located 400 – 560 metres above sea level.

Brunello di Montalcino must be made exclusively from brunello grapes, and conform to the following specifications – eight tons per hectare, 24 months of barrel aging, plus four months of bottle aging

(six months for riserva) and any specific vintage must be released no sooner than January 1st of the fifth year after harvest.

For Rosso di Montalcino, the stipulations are  – nine tons/hectare, 12 months of barrel aging. For Sant Antimo the following grapes varieties are permitted – brunello, merlot and sangiovese. Montalcino also produces sweet vin santo using moscadello grapes.

While at the beginning of the 20th century there were fewer than 30 wineries in the region, to day there are 221. Brunello producers travel bi-annually to North America to promote their wines.

In 2016 33 wineries presented their bottlings in Toronto the trade and wine writers.

My recommendations are:

Brunello Di Montalcino Montosoli, 2011, Altesino

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, Argiano
$ 370.00
Trialto Wines

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2010, Castello Banfi

Brunello Di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura Riserva, 2009, Castello Banfi
Authentic Wines

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2010, Fattoria Dei Barbi

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2005, Fattoria Dei barbi
Noble Estates Winesand Spirits

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2100, Belpoggio
Majestic Cellars

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2011, Campogiovanni
Will be released in Vintages release for $ 60.00

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2011, Cantine Leonardo Da Vinci
Dionysus Wines
$ 44.95

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, Capanna
$ 58.00

Brunello Di Montalcino Vigna La Casa, 2011, Caparzo

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2009, Casa Raia
$ 86.00 plus 13 per cent

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, Castelgiocondo
Vins Phillipe Dadurand  Wines

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2011, Celestino Picci
$ 55.00
La cantina imports

Brunello Di Motnalcino, 2010, Col D’Orcia
$ 50.00

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Al vento, 2008, Col D’Orcia
$ 135.00

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Vigna La Macchiarelle, 2010, Fanti
$ 119.00 plus 13 per cent

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2010, Il Grappolo

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, La Fiorita
$ 97.00 plus 13per cent

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2010, La Fortuna

Brunello Di Montalcino Ciliegio, 2011, La Masia
$ 149.00 plus 13 per cent

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, La Manella

Brunello Di Montalcino Selezione Ugolaia, 2009, Lisini
Christopher Stewart Wines and Spirits British Columbia

Brunello Di Montalcino Vigna Loreto, 2011, Mastrojanni

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2010, Molino Di Sant’ Antimo
$ 130.00 plus 13 per cent

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, Palazzo

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2009, Palazzo

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2009, Podere Le Ripi

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, Sasetti Livio Pertimali
$ 155.00

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2007, Sassodisole

brunello Di Mntalcino, 2010, Sassodisole

Brunello Di Montalcino Friggiali, 2011, Tenuta Friggiali E Pietranera

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2011, Tenure Silvio nardi

bruenllo Di MontalcinoVoliero, 2011, Ucceleria

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2008. Ucceleria
$ 168.00

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2010, Val Di suga

Brunello Di Montalcino Selezione Zebras, 2009, Villa I Cipressi
$ 60.00 plus 13 per cent

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