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Brunello Di Montalcino

In Montalcino everything is magic, in the air you can breathe a scent of tradition, regality and charm, among stretches of rows where Sangiovese Grosso is born and grows, the grape designated by the code of practice to give life to Brunello di Montalcino DOCG . It is called Grosso (big) but in reality the shape of its grapes is smaller than the classic Sangiovese (unexplained mysteries!) and the pulp inside is concentrated and acidulous, with great freshness. The resulting wine is history, the Brunello, one of the most popular types and, from recent statistics, the best-selling Italian red wine abroad, in spite of the crisis! It is not hard to believe, because Brunello di Montalcino is the offspring of a wonderful terroir with a great wine tradition, vinified with love. Of long refinement it is among the world symbols of “Made in Italy”, together with Barolo, the most long-lived red wine in Italy! Although considered a "modern" wine, this online wine is actually doing of the noble family Biondi Santi. In fact, until the second half of the nineteenth century the most known and appreciated wine of the Montalcino area was a sweet white wine, the Moscadello di Montalcino. In that period Clemente Santi began to study the potential of a clone of the Sangiovese grape, the Sangiovese Grosso, locally called Brunello because of the particularly dark colour of its grapes.

Brunello and its land: Montalcino!

Montalcino is a charming village located in Tuscany every year taking part in the contest to award a prize to the most beautiful hamlet in Italy. Nestled in the Tuscan countryside about forty kilometres from the bigger Siena, Montalcino also boasts a naturalistic and agricultural landscape that is part of the UNESCO heritage. The homonymous wine is produced from grapes grown in the area of 24,000 hectares within the district of Montalcino, this area is bordered by three local rivers such as the river Orcia, the Asso and the river Ombrone. The soil of this area is composed of variegated materials because it has been formed and undergone changes in different eras, in particular the soils at a lower altitude are composed of a higher percentage of sand while on the contrary climbing higher the terrain becomes harder and more compact. The Brunello di Montalcino area claims a typically Mediterranean climate but sometimes with continental nuances determined by the strategic position between sea and mountains (Central Apennines), this peculiarity has determined, within this territory, the creation of very different microclimates which give to the different Brunello varieties some really characterizing connotations between one and the other.

Brunello di Montalcino: historical notes

Around 1860, Clemente's nephew, Ferruccio Biondi-Santi began to produce a red wine that immediately proved to possess excellent qualities. The merit of the Biondi-Santi family was not only to have created the famous wine but, above all, to have isolated the corresponding Sangiovese clone, or Brunello, known in the environment as BBS11. The elegance and harmony of this wine allows you to combine it with very structured and tasty dishes such as red meats and wild game, even better if accompanied by mushrooms and truffles. Some peculiar characteristics of Brunello are: a very intense ruby red colour, a dry and slightly tannic flavour, warm but at the same time harmonious and to have an unmistakable intense spicy perfume, which relates to cherry scents and a small reference to the geranium. In the sixties, during the historical evolution of Brunello, the need to protect their wine and to enhance its qualities was born among producers in the area of Montalcino, so much so that in 1967 the "Brunello di Montalcino Wine Consortium" was born.
This step has led to the birth of a team of local companies united and determined to improve the excellence of their wine in total respect of nature and territory. Currently, the Brunello di Montalcino Consortium is involved in promoting events in Italy and around the world, organizing a series of tastings throughout the year where there are always present influencers of the Italian and foreign sector, and in taking care of the brand and the various designations of the Brunello area through its press office and a series of digital activities.

Brunello and its culinary combinations

Brunello di Montalcino is a wine suitable for red meat and wild game, it is also recommended as a match to some dishes of Austrian and German cuisine or in general dishes with strong flavours. It is also an excellent pairing with cheeses: Seasoned tome and structured cheeses, furthermore, due to its characteristics, it is also enjoyable as a meditation wine. Important rule: it must be served in glasses with a large shape, in order to better grasp the great aromatic complexity, served at a temperature of about 18 ° C - 20 ° C. Buy now the Brunello di Montalcino online on our site, taking advantage of the wide selection of bottles of the best wineries and seasonal sales!

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