You just have to utter the words “Brunello di Montalcino” in Italy and heads will turn, people will start chiming in on your conversation and Italians will suddenly warm up to you more than ever. Brunello di Montalcino in Italy is considered one of the kings of all wines, but not the type that is beyond reach that you need to search desperately for from a reseller, no not that type. Brunello di Montalcino is an established Italian wine which has seen its place on almost every Italian dinner table, and heard the types of conversations worth listening to. This is a wine which oozes sophistication, and if you don’t know much about wine, drinking a glass of this will be somewhat of an intensive course for you.
Italians absolutely love their Brunello di Montalcino. And it’s not all based on hype. Brunello has earned its reputation as one of the greatest wines to come out of Tuscany, if not out of Italy. But, it is not only a well-respected wine in Italy, but has made its way around the world and taken its reputation with it.
This wine is made of 100% Sangiovese grape – a robust variety perfect for aging. This grape variety is so popular that in the early 21st century it compromised one of every ten vines in Italy. But this isn’t to say that all wines made with the Sangiovese grape are as good as a Brunello – that simply wouldn’t be giving this wine its due justice.
It is a wine that is ideal for aging and this will come through in the taste with notes of cherries, licorice, vanilla. Each sip gets better and better, leaving a persistence on the palate. This prestigious wine can only be paired with the best of Italian cuisine such as grilled meats or a Florentine T-bone steak.
The best part is this wine can easily be found in the United States, so keep Made in Italy alive and drink some of its finest and most prestigious exports like a Brunello di Montalcino red wine. Italians fell in love with it long ago, and now it’s time for Americans to do the same!