The delicate pink juice of the tiny, nearly black-skinned Brunello grape yields a dark, purple-red wine which is characterized by extraordinary concentration, elevated acidity and enormous tannic extract. The wine is typically closed and quite austere when young, often backward and unapproachable. Generally considered to be young at ten years in an average vintage, Brunello di Montalcino’s proponents contend that the best vintages can easily surpass a century and still remain in their prime.
This full-bodied wine offers intense aromas and flavors of red berries offset by notes of leather and incense, supported by firm, elegant tannins.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Sangiovese (Brunello clone) MAXIMUM YIELD:(Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.) 7.5 tons per hectare, of which70% may produce wine(+45 hl/ha; 202 cases/acre) MINIMUM ALCOHOL: 12.5% TOTAL ACIDITY: .5% AGING REQUIREMENTS: 2 1/2 years in cask and1 1/2 years in bottle
Pair with thick porterhouse steak or rich fish such as sturgeon or grouper.