Sangiovese Through the Years

A few days ago we had a special guest come visit us and we took the chance to taste some old and new vintages of Brunello together: – Rosso di Montalcino 1990 – Rosso di Montalcino 1995 – Brunello di Montalcino 1955 – Brunello di Montalcino 1979 – Brunello di Montalcino 1982 – Brunello di Montalcino 1985 – Brunello di Montalcino 1988 – Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1999 – Brunello di Montalcino 2004 – Brunello di Montalcino 2010 and the 2011 Brunello and 2010 Riserva Vigna Paganelli that will be released in 2016.       It was a great experience to see the evolution of Rosso and Brunello through time. The two Rosso di Montalcino were a great surprise: 20 and 25 year-old Rossos still showing beautifully. One of the most special wines of the whole tasting was certainly the 1955 Brunello di Montalcino (pictured above) that proved to all of us how Brunello can age for an incredibly long time. 1955 is Fabrizio’s year of birth (in the photo Fabrizio is opening the bottle) so this was very special for him. It is always a great experience to taste such old vintages and it’s a fantastic opportunity to fully understand the potential of Sangiovese in Montalcino.... Read more >

Brunello is Gasoline

Starting in 1933, an exhibition on the wines of Italy took place inside the Medici fortress in Siena. Brunello di Montalcino was featured and among the few producers participating there was Il Poggione which, at the time, was called Azienda Sant’Angelo in Colle. At the time of this exhibition, wines from Montalcino were widely recognized as among the best in Italy. The poster for the 1935 exhibition bares the title “Il Brunello è Benzina,”or Brunello is gasoline, a reference to the artist’s perception of Brunello as indispensable. The poster was made by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, president of the wine competition at the time and the primary proponent of Futurism in Italy. As the exhibition predicted, the prestige and quality of Brunello would only grow in the years that... Read more >

@OddBacchus On Tenuta Il Poggione Brunello & A Short History Of The Appellation

Herewith a link to a review of the Tenuta Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino and a short history of the appellation by one of the top wine bloggers in the United States of America Rob Frisch. "I was particularly impressed that these wines weren’t simply fruit and oak bombs. Both Brunellos blossomed when paired with some lamb, their ample acids keeping things balanced and food-friendly." Rob Frisch Odd Bacchus Click here for his... Read more >

Scientific Proof That Brunello Di Montalcino Is 100% Sangiovese

The following translation is taken from an article which appeared in the Corriere della Sera on Saturday 30 March 2013 with the title "And the Scientists Said: The Brunello is pure". Five years after Brunellopoli, the vice president of the Consorzio [del Vino Brunello di Montalcino] Donatella Cinelli Colombini has flown to the United States to deliver the announcement: "We have scientific proof. We can demonstrate that adulterated Brunello does not exist." It is the result of five years of research conducted by the Fondazione Mach di San Michele all'Adage ("the most avant-garde laboratory in Italy"). The study was presented to the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) in Washington, D.C. "We have purchased 180 samples of Brunello from the 2007 vintage," says the president of the Consorzio, Fabrizio Bindocci. "And we had them analyzed. The result: all of them contain 100% Sangiovese as the appellation requires. We have immediately explained this to the Americans because it is fundamental to have the trust of the market after that which has happened in the past." "The acylated anthocyanin method has been used," explains Fulvio Mattivi, director of the Fondazione Mach. "They are pigments that give wine its red color. We have vinified three vintages here, from twenty zones of Motnalcino. Then we have analyzed another three vintages of wine from the market, looking for ninety components with the same method focused on by us. It is the first time in the world in which a wine-producing zone asks for scientific proof to guarantee all of its... Read more >

Official Response To Soldera Interview By The Consorzio Del Vino Brunello di Montalcino

The following text was published on the website of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. The Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino considers the statements made by Gianfranco Soldera in the Corriere della Sera today, extremely detrimental to producers and to the territory in general, and would like to clarify its position with regard to these unfounded accusations in order to avoid further slander that damages Montalcino and the image of Brunello in the world. To begin with the proposal by the President of the Consorzio to donate to Case Basse the “wine of solidarity” with a bottle and a label different to the normal one now deemed “unacceptable and offensive, a fraud for the consumer”, yet yesterday it was pronounced worthy of “our heartfelt gratitude”. The Consorzio emphasizes that it was meant as a symbolic gesture of solidarity since at the time, according to his own assertions, it was believed that his entire production had been wiped out by the act of vandalism and that with the income he would be able to make a donation to the kindergarten or to the old people’s home. Now we find out that this is not the case (Soldera has announced that there are 7000 bottles per vintage), but the significance of this gesture of solidarity remains and we find it offensive that it should be seen as a fraud. The reason for this is also that this act and all the inferences fomented by it are considerably damaging to the image of Brunello and its territory, while at the same time they continue to guarantee a media platform of visibility... Read more >