House: Marchesato Degli Aleramici
Name: Brunello di Montalcino
Origin: Tuscany, Italy
Price: 191 DKK/25,70 EUR/32 USD on winefamly.dk (market price: 379 DKK/51 EUR/63,40 USD)
Tuscany as a wine region
Another (premium) staple of Italian wine industry is Brunello di Montalcino which comes from picturesque region of Tuscany. Capital of Tuscany is no other than beautiful Florence which gives us one more reason why to visit this region (one day maybe). 80% of the wine production in Tuscany consists of growing grape Sangiovese with several parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Despite the fact, that Tuscany basically focuses on 1 grape, saying that their wines lack variety would be a lie. Quite on the contrary, Tuscany produces some of the most inconic wine such as Chianti (which I will write about later) or Brunello di Montalcino which I am writing about today. You might be wondering why is this wine so expensive and why did you see “something” from Montalcino in your supermarket for half of the price. Let’s take a look at that.
Brunello vs. Rosso
Brunello is always going to be made from 100% Sangiovese. To get this name , Brunello has to be aged for at least 2 years in oak barrels. Rosso is made from grapes that are grown on the same field as Brunello, they just did not make the cut to be made as a Brunello, because winemakers select only the best of the best from their vineyards to make this wine. Rosso also does not have such high requirements for aging in oak.
Rosso is usually half of the price of Brunello which makes it very accessible wine. Also, due to the fact that Rosso did not age that much in oak, it is a nice starting point for Brunello wines, especially if you don´t want to break your bank for a wine you are not sure you would like.
Marchesato Degli Aleramici, Brunello di Montalcino
Drinking a Brunello that is only 6 years old might be a little bit to early (usually it is recommended to wait at least 10 years) but no one lives forever, right? I have opened the bottle 1,5 hour before I tasted it in order to let it open its full flavor. This wine has a bit smokey nose with traces of tobacco and oak. In the taste, this Brunello is quite oaky as well with hints of chocolate, low tanins and nice acidity. Smooth aftertaste with medium length.
This is the first time I have tasted Brunello and I am very impressed. If you ever get to this wine, I recommend that you also leave it open at least 1 hour before drinking. I can only imagine how this wine gets better with age