March 2, 2015 |
What you need to know about the wines of Brunello di Montalcino
Ask any wine enthusiast to name a couple of their favourite wines, or wines they have on their bucket list to enjoy and no doubt the wines of Brunello di Montalcino will be mentioned. Our team has put together a quick Brunello 101 so that wine enthusiasts of all levels can understand why these wines are so highly regarded.
- The wines of Brunello di Montalcino are considered to be some of Italy’s most prestigious red wines. The vineyards surround the town of Montalcino, which is located south of Florence in the famous wine area of Tuscany.
- The wines by law must be made from 100% Sangiovese grapes - known as Brunello in the region. The vines thrive around Montalcino, which is known as the hottest and driest area within the Tuscan region. This environment helps to produce deep, intense and age worthy wines.
- Brunellos cannot be released for sale until 5 years after harvest, or 6 years for wines labelled as Riservas. While the wine is at the winery, it must be aged for at least 2 years in oak barrels and 4 months in bottle (6 months for Riservas).
- Brunellos are age worthy wines with many best when laid down for 10 – 30 years depending on their vintage. They are delicious when served with hard cheeses such as pecorino, and red meat dishes that have a mushroom or truffle accompaniment.
- Rosso di Montalcino is declassified Brunello di Montalcino, or also known as Brunello's baby brother. These wines are released for sale 18 months after harvest, and are a wonderful way to sample a lighter version of this majestic wine style.