A wine made with the Brunello's grape (Sangiovese)...
October 3, 2009
..but the Brunello is 4 times more expensive. This was in a few words, the review of a Tuscan red on the BBC Good Food Italian magazine by their wine writer. In case you don't know, 90% of all Tuscan red wines are made with Sangiovese, including the Brunello, and saying that a wine is made with Sangiovese is like saying that 90% of Tuscan reds are made with it. Does this mean anything to a wine drinker or even an expert? No. What makes the Brunello is not only the grape, but also the microclimate on the hill in which the town of Montalcino sits and the vineyards are planted, and the DOCG law requirements in terms of yield per hectare and ageing. It is like saying that a wine is made with Bordeaux's grapes but is 10 times cheaper. From a wine writer that writes for the BBC Good Food magazine you would expect more. I do think that sometime we waste our money when buying such wines, whether it is a Brunello or Bordeaux, but this is simply because the wine name does not guarantee the quality of the wine. There is no guarantee of the result when buying a bottle of wine, there are different information to look for to avoid disappointment, but probably the one that can offer more reassurance is the producer. Good producers very rarely put their name on bad wines.
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