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Brunello di Montalcino Wines

Situated just below the area of Chianti lies the Brunello di Montalcino Wine Region. Based on the Brunello clone of Sangiovese, some of the most collectible and popular wines in all of Italy are produced in Montalcino, according to our Brunello di Montalcino Wine Guide. With one of the warmest and driest climates in Tuscany, grapes from Montalcino yield wines of intense color and body, with bright acidity and strong, ageworthy tannins. Our Brunello di Montalcino Wine Reviews illustrate how most of the wines from the region offer black fruit and cocoa flavors as well as violet and leather nuances. In 1980, Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the highly-esteemed DOCG designation and is now home to over 200 different producers. To learn more about this region and its prestigious wines check out our Brunello di Montalcino Wine Ratings.

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Casanova di Neri 2007 Cerretalto Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $270
It takes only a few moments before you appreciate the enormity, intensity and overall beauty of this landmark wine. Cerretalto is always a high scoring expression of Brunello, but the ideal conditions of the 2007 vintage elevate it to earthly perfection. Dark and fleshy, the wine delivers ever-evolving aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, spice and tobacco. The acidity…  — M.L.  (5/1/2013)
98
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Capanna 2007 Riserva Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $70
An amazing and impressive feat of winemaking, this riserva is so tightly wound with gorgeous aromatic intensity, it peels back, layer after layer, and evolves smoothly the more you leave it in the glass. Not drinking it immediately is difficult because of the delicious quality of fruit on display here and the lush, soft mouthfeel, but this should be at its best…  — M.L.  (5/1/2013)
98
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Valdicava 2007 Madonna del Piano Riserva Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $219
Here’s an unforgettable wine that absolutely makes the case for 2007 being one of the best vintages of late in Montalcino. The wine is broad and polished with masculine tones of dark fruit, leather and tobacco. These aromas evolve so quickly and with such pulsing intensity, the wine comes alive suddenly. There are dusty mineral shadings at the back with tightly…  — M.L.  (5/1/2013)
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Casanova di Neri 2006 Cerretalto Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $215
Cerretalto delivers aromas of natural complexity and oak-driven tones of cinnamon, clove, chocolate and exotic spice. The fruit is dark, dense and ripe. There’s extra roundness and density in the mouth that holds together the wine’s firm tannins and its crisp, acidic component. Hold 10–20 more years.  — M.L.  (5/1/2012)
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Valdicava 2006 Madonna del Piano Riserva Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $275
This beautiful riserva shows enormous thickness and blackness, like midnight of a new moon. The wine delivers impenetrable density, extraction, black fruit, spice, berry preserves, licorice, asphalt, ground black pepper, cherry liqueur and crème de cassis. There are seemingly no limits to the intensity and complexity here. The mouthfeel is dense, plush, firmly…  — M.L.  (5/1/2012)
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Luce della Vite 2007 Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $93
Luce della Vite opens with an opulent, generous style and is packed with black cherry, black currant, cola, leather and pipe tobacco. This is a plush, rich and deeply textured wine, with plenty of intensity and staying power. It shows dense tannins with a touch of youthful astringency. Age 10 more years.  — M.L.  (5/1/2012)
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Il Paradiso di Manfredi 2006 Riserva Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $152
This gorgeous Brunello seamlessly weaves together sensations of tilled soil, blue flower, ripe black cherry, leather, truffle, clove, white pepper and Mediterranean herbs. It’s balanced and smooth, with velvety tannins and fresh acidity. Even though it’s already delicious, it will continue to develop complexity for years. Grand Cru Selections, Oliver McCrum Wines.  — K.O.  (11/1/2014)
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Capanna 2007 Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello di Montalcino)

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  1. $55
Capanna’s offering in 2007 is extremely bold, dark and opulent. Loads of aromatic momentum in the form of blackberry, cherry liqueur, spice, leather, tobacco, rum cake, cinnamon, vanilla bean and bitter chocolate characterize the bouquet. The wine also shows a soft, ripe, generous texture, yet remains well-contained and balanced.  — M.L.  (5/1/2012)
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