08 - Montalcino, Italy - AKA Brunello

Montalcino wine and Birth Cake

Montalcino is the Disneyland of the Italian wine world. A place where rolling hills and lush sunshine produce the often coveted Brunello di Montalcino. A wine made up of Tuscany's famous Sangiovese grape. There is no other wine Jason would rather splurg on for his birthday than a Brunello.

We walk through Italy's different D.O.C. laws, from the introduction of Super Tuscan's in the 1970's to Montalcino being the first D.O.C.G. in the 1980's and sample wines from each designation. 

Wines Reviewed:

Altesino - 2011 - Rosso di Altesino

La Palazzetta - 2012 - Rosso di Montalcino 

Caparzo - 2008 - Brunello di Montalcino 

The Wine Word Dejour, 'Clone' explains the many variations of Sangiovese and why a Chianti can be so different from a Brunello. In Wine News, Anne alerts us to a Prosecco shortage and tries her best not to freak out about it. This week it is Scott's turn to apologize to his mother, but not about his language.

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