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Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, Italy, WINE

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In terms of iconic imagery, Tuscany defines Italian wine, but romanticism aside, the wines themselves have also come to define Italian wine and for good reason. Tuscany's various DOCs and DOCGs represent numerous micro-climates, each of which puts its own mark of identity on the region's almost ubiquitous and most important workhorse grape, Sangiovese. A plethora of other red varietals also thrive here, including the indigenous Canaiolo and Colorino, and more famoustly, the regal Bordeaux variets Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The latter two are responsible for the rise of what is arguably Tuscany's greatest modern claim to wine fame.

Along the warm, coastal regions, growers realized some decades back the potential for crafting utterly profound Bordeaux blends, but this practice ran afoul of Italy's Byzantine wine regulations. Undaunted, the mavericks pressed ahead and created their own unofficial designation and wine category. Thus were born Indicazione Geografica Tipica and the Super Tuscan reds. Morello di Scansano and Maremma produce admirably drinkable red blends, but the tiny DOC of Bolgheri, just south of Livorno, is the epicenter of the movement, and its reputation today is such that its finest wines command prices equaling those of the greatest estates of Bordeaux.

Farther inland in Tuscany, Sangiovese still reigns and a host of DOCs and DOCGs make prolific use of it. Chianti is easily the most famous wine region in Tuscany, and indeed in all of Italy. Unfortunately, this is much due to the mid-20th century practice of producing underripe or oxidative swill in kitschy wicker-wrapped bottles. Today, however, Chianti's producers have returned to their illustrious heritage of centuries past, and eight sub-zones now delineate geographic differences within the wider region, Chianti Classico and Chianti Rufino the finest among them.

The most prestigious, officially-designated DOCG wine region in Tuscany is Brunello di Montalcino, where the wines are made exclusively from Sangiovese grown on the hillsides surrounding the lofty village of Montalcino. Today, there is a push and pull between modernists and traditionalists, but regardless, the wines always display characteristic structure, deeply complex flavors, and world-class longevity. The Rosso di Montalcino DOC is the region's second tier of quality designation with more relaxed production rules. Just over a low set of hills, another of Tuscany's iconic hill towns bears its own mark of quality. Much like Brunello di Montalcino, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG adheres to strict geographic, vinification, and aging rules for its Sangiovese-based wines (here known as Prugnolo Gentile). The wines show a characteristic richness similar to those of Montalcino, but the aromatics are decidedly more high-toned and elegant. Its second tier quality designation is the Rosso di Montepulciano DOC.

While Tuscany is unquestionably defined by its red wines, a handful of noteworthy white wine DOCs exist, most famously the San Gimignano region, which produces Tuscany's only white DOCG wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano. There are also a few obscure, but world-class, categories of sweet wines in the form the white Vin Santo and red Passito styles.

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96 points James Suckling: This shows pure and fresh fruit that many others don't have. Also, there are plenty of linear tannins. Precise and beautiful. Medium to full body. Persistent finish. Better in 2019. (11/30/16) ...
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Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2012  (#329549)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

96 points James Suckling: This shows pure and fresh fruit that many others don't have. Also, there are plenty of linear tannins. Precise and beautiful. Medium to full body. Persistent finish. Better in 2019. (11/30/16)

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97 points Nicolas Belfrage, MW (The World of Fine Wine): Deceptively light and bright. Delicately scented and attractive on the nose. Restrained and delicate, yet full of flavor and scent, this is a fine bottle of Brunello. Nothing is overstated and yet it is totally satisfying. Long and elegant,… ...
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Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2013  (#331670)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

97 points Nicolas Belfrage, MW (The World of Fine Wine): Deceptively light and bright. Delicately scented and attractive on the nose. Restrained and delicate, yet full of flavor and scent, this is a fine bottle of Brunello. Nothing is overstated and…

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98 points James Suckling: This is intense and complex yet subtle with fantastic aromas of rose petal, plum, clove and fresh mushroom. Hints of stems. Full body, focused and polished with a linear line of tannins and fabulous length. A beauty. Better after 2021 but already a joy to taste. (11/27/17) ...
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Sassetti (Pertimali) Brunello di Montalcino 2013  (#331449)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

98 points James Suckling: This is intense and complex yet subtle with fantastic aromas of rose petal, plum, clove and fresh mushroom. Hints of stems. Full body, focused and polished with a linear line of tannins and fabulous length. A beauty. Better…

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94 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The single-vineyard 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna la Casa is immediately distinguished by aromas of smoke, flint and dark fruit. This wine offers more depth and complexity compared to Caparzo's base Brunello from this same excellent vintage. Unlike… ...
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Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino La Casa 2013  (#331459)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

94 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The single-vineyard 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna la Casa is immediately distinguished by aromas of smoke, flint and dark fruit. This wine offers more depth and complexity compared to Caparzo's base…

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96 points Wine Spectator: Exuding cherry, strawberry and floral flavors tinged with iron, earth and spice notes, this ripe red is elegant in profile, tightly wound and deftly balanced, ending with a kick of fruit, spice and mineral elements. Best from 2020 through 2037. 2,500 cases made. Highly… ...
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Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2013  (#332492)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

96 points Wine Spectator: Exuding cherry, strawberry and floral flavors tinged with iron, earth and spice notes, this ripe red is elegant in profile, tightly wound and deftly balanced, ending with a kick of fruit, spice and mineral elements. Best…

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96 points and '#7 Top Wine of 2018,' International Wine Report: ...an exquisitely made, classic style of Brunello that begins with simply gorgeous aromas of raspberries and red plums woven together with exotic spices, fresh florals and a wonderful mineral character, which beautifully reflects its… ...
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Brunelli/Gianni Brunello di Montalcino 2013  (#331589)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

96 points and '#7 Top Wine of 2018,' International Wine Report: ...an exquisitely made, classic style of Brunello that begins with simply gorgeous aromas of raspberries and red plums woven together with exotic spices, fresh florals and a wonderful…

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98 points James Suckling: A juicy, young Brunello with berry, dried mushroom and flower character. Orange peel, too. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. So complex and beautiful. It goes on for minutes. I love the balance that makes it so enjoyable to try now but it will age… ...
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Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2013  (#332821)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

98 points James Suckling: A juicy, young Brunello with berry, dried mushroom and flower character. Orange peel, too. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. So complex and beautiful. It goes on for minutes. I love the balance that…

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94 points James Suckling: Dark berry and bark aromas with hints of dark chocolate. Full body, soft and silky with juicy fruit and a savory finish. I love the mouthfeel and length of this wine. Drink in 2019. (11/27/17) ...
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San Felice Brunello di Montalcino Campogiovanni 2013  (#701955)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

94 points James Suckling: Dark berry and bark aromas with hints of dark chocolate. Full body, soft and silky with juicy fruit and a savory finish. I love the mouthfeel and length of this wine. Drink in 2019. (11/27/17)

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100 points Wine Enthusiast: Heady scents of chopped herbs, woodland berry, forest floor, new leather, dark spice and violet are just some of the aromas you'll find on this fragrant wine. It's savory and loaded with finesse, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice, orange zest… ...
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Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012  (#332822)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

100 points Wine Enthusiast: Heady scents of chopped herbs, woodland berry, forest floor, new leather, dark spice and violet are just some of the aromas you'll find on this fragrant wine. It's savory and loaded with finesse, delivering juicy Marasca…

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95 points James Suckling: Beautiful aromas of black cherry and apricot. Full body, exotic and intense. A wealth of fruit yet remains vibrant and firm. Extremely focused. Long finish. Great follow up to the 2012. Drink in 2021. (11/27/17) ...
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Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino 2013  (#331454)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

95 points James Suckling: Beautiful aromas of black cherry and apricot. Full body, exotic and intense. A wealth of fruit yet remains vibrant and firm. Extremely focused. Long finish. Great follow up to the 2012. Drink in 2021. (11/27/17)

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96 points Ian D'Agata (Vinous): Deep red-ruby. Highly perfumed, mineral aromas of raspberry, red cherry, violet and iron. Wonderfully sappy but youthfully imploded in the mouth, this remarkably precise and well-delineated Brunello offers an extremely refined set of flinty red and black fruit herbal… ...
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Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2013  (#331910)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

96 points Ian D'Agata (Vinous): Deep red-ruby. Highly perfumed, mineral aromas of raspberry, red cherry, violet and iron. Wonderfully sappy but youthfully imploded in the mouth, this remarkably precise and well-delineated Brunello offers an extremely…

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96 points James Suckling: Subtle and complete aromas of cherry, flowers, and orange peel. Full body, round and velvety tannins. So pretty and refined. Polished. A gorgeous wine. Drink or hold. (11/27/17) ...
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San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2013  (#331569)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

96 points James Suckling: Subtle and complete aromas of cherry, flowers, and orange peel. Full body, round and velvety tannins. So pretty and refined. Polished. A gorgeous wine. Drink or hold. (11/27/17)

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