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2016 Brunello Tasting – Toronto

Toronto

When Clemente Santi, while in inspecting his exclusively sangiovese planted vineyard, in 1865 observed a vine with bunches bearing small brownish berries, never imagined the wine would become world famous.

He knew that small berries yield more flavourful wines, than large ones. He called his new “found” grape, a natural version of sangiovese, brunello “ the little brown one”, never thinking it becoming an iconic Italian red wine now called Brunello Di Montalcino.

The town lies 112 kilometres south of Sienna, is warmer than Chianti Classico territory, and enjoys a dry climate. The fame of Brunello di Montalcino started when the Italian ambassador in London decided to serve it during a state banquet at the beginning of the 20th century.

In the town of Montalcino Brunello di Montalcino classified vineyards cover 5120 hectares, followed by 1260 hectares classified Rosso di Montalcino, 124 moscadello, and 1186 Sant’ Antimo.

The northern part of Montalcino is cooler than that of south, and yields lighter and more acid driven wines. Some wineries maintain vineyards in both parts and blend for consistent and a fuller bodied wines. The most desirable vineyards are located 400 – 560 metres above sea level.

Brunello di Montalcino must be made exclusively from brunello grapes, and conform to the following specifications – eight tons per hectare, 24 months of barrel aging, plus four months of bottle aging

(six months for riserva) and any specific vintage must be released no sooner than January 1st of the fifth year after harvest.

For Rosso di Montalcino, the stipulations are  – nine tons/hectare, 12 months of barrel aging. For Sant Antimo the following grapes varieties are permitted – brunello, merlot and sangiovese. Montalcino also produces sweet vin santo using moscadello grapes.

While at the beginning of the 20th century there were fewer than 30 wineries in the region, to day there are 221. Brunello producers travel bi-annually to North America to promote their wines.

In 2016 33 wineries presented their bottlings in Toronto the trade and wine writers.

My recommendations are:

Brunello Di Montalcino Montosoli, 2011, Altesino
90/100

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, Argiano
93/100
$ 370.00
Trialto Wines
janine.thompson@trialto.com

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2010, Castello Banfi
89+/100

Brunello Di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura Riserva, 2009, Castello Banfi
91+/100
Authentic Wines rsalvino@awsm.ca

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2010, Fattoria Dei Barbi
89+/100

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2005, Fattoria Dei barbi
90+/100
Noble Estates Winesand Spirits

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2100, Belpoggio
90+/100
Majestic Cellars info@majesticwine.ca

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2011, Campogiovanni
91/100
Will be released in Vintages release for $ 60.00

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2011, Cantine Leonardo Da Vinci
90/100
Dionysus Wines
alex@dionysuswines.ca
$ 44.95

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, Capanna
90/100
ianjc@sympatico.ca
$ 58.00

Brunello Di Montalcino Vigna La Casa, 2011, Caparzo
90/100
terrymilne@thecaseofwine.com

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2009, Casa Raia
92+/100
info@twcimports.com
$ 86.00 plus 13 per cent

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, Castelgiocondo
91+/100
Vins Phillipe Dadurand  Wines

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2011, Celestino Picci
92+/100
$ 55.00
La cantina imports info@lacantinaimports.com

Brunello Di Motnalcino, 2010, Col D’Orcia
92/100
$ 50.00

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Al vento, 2008, Col D’Orcia
93/100
$ 135.00
info@dionysuswines.ca

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva Vigna La Macchiarelle, 2010, Fanti
91+/100
bernard@lesommelier.com
$ 119.00 plus 13 per cent

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2010, Il Grappolo
90/100

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, La Fiorita
92+/100
ric@twcimports.com
$ 97.00 plus 13per cent

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2010, La Fortuna
92+/100
mgallo@bwwines.com

Brunello Di Montalcino Ciliegio, 2011, La Masia
93+/100
nmtg@sympatico.ca
$ 149.00 plus 13 per cent

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, La Manella
93/100
nicholas@tanninfinewines.com

Brunello Di Montalcino Selezione Ugolaia, 2009, Lisini
93+/100
Christopher Stewart Wines and Spirits British Columbia

Brunello Di Montalcino Vigna Loreto, 2011, Mastrojanni
92+/100
adrian@majectiswines.ca

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2010, Molino Di Sant’ Antimo
92+/100
$ 130.00 plus 13 per cent
marzia@naturalwines.com

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, Palazzo
90+/100

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2009, Palazzo
matrthaharrison@sympatioc.ca

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2009, Podere Le Ripi
90+/100

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2010, Sasetti Livio Pertimali
info@profilewinegroup.com
$ 155.00

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2007, Sassodisole
93+/100

brunello Di Mntalcino, 2010, Sassodisole
info@3050imports.com

Brunello Di Montalcino Friggiali, 2011, Tenuta Friggiali E Pietranera
90+/100
mirko@frontierwine.ca

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2011, Tenure Silvio nardi
90+/100
info@majesticwine.ca

bruenllo Di MontalcinoVoliero, 2011, Ucceleria
90+/100

Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva, 2008. Ucceleria
92+/100
$ 168.00
jonny@wineonline.ca

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2010, Val Di suga
91+/100
leslie@churchillcellars.com

Brunello Di Montalcino Selezione Zebras, 2009, Villa I Cipressi
90+/100
$ 60.00 plus 13 per cent
altobgroup@gmail.com

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