Italian wine and grape guide : Brunello di Montalcino
Montalcino is a small Tuscan village located on a hill, right in the heart of Tuscany and gives its name to one of the most famous Italian wines, the Brunello di Montalcino.
The Brunello di Montalcino wine is one of the best expressions of the Sangiovese grapes, here it is called sangiovese grosso, found everywhere in Tuscany and beyond.
The Brunello di Montalcino was one of the first Italian wines being granted the DOCG status in 1980, and is made exclusively using 100% Sangiovese grapes, no other grape is allowed.
The microclimate of the Montalcino area allows Sangiovese to ripen more fully and consistently than anywhere else in Tuscany producing a wine known for its ability to stand ageing even for decades.
The Brunello di Montalcino wine cannot be released for sale before the fifth year from the harvest, vintage, and it has to age for at least 2 years in barrel and 4 months in the bottle, 2 years and 6 months in the case of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva wine.