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 >

Remembering The “Great Freeze” Of 1985 And New Olive Training System

In 1985, we had the "Great Freeze" with 50 cm of snow and for us polar temperatures, arrving at -15/-20° C. The grape vines saved themselves but the olive trees, a plant more sensitive to cold, didn't fare as well and roughly the 70% of our olive tree patrimony died. It was a great loss for the estates of Montalcino but also for the rebirth of olive cultivation. In the 1950s, olive trees had been planted with low density per hectare in the when growers used to cultivate olive trees, vines, and wheat in the same parcels. Many of these were grubbed up. The new plantings, with 350/400 olive trees per hectare, took up more space because the costs were lower. Many growers replanted using the "vaso policonico" (multibranched vase-shaped) training system, which had been created by Prof. Fontanazza of the CNR (Italian National Center for Research) in Perugia and sponsored strongly by the Province of Siena. This training system was intended to favor above all mechanical harvest and to lower one of the greatest costs in production: harvest. We do not wish to comment on or criticize that which was done then. The fact is that at least here on our estate, these olive trees still produce little. Finally this year, in agreement with the owners of the estate, we have decided to renew the training system and we have passed, with drastic pruning of the trunks, from the "monocono" (cone-shaped) to the "vaso" (vase-shaped). To arrive at the results, three years must pass, where we will have to give to the plants the shape needed through pruning... Read more >

Wines of Tuscany circa 1937: Chianti

Herewith our third post in a series of translations from a 1937 catalog of the wines of Italy. You will find the previous post here including informations on the catalog itself. We hope that these informations will be useful for those who wish to understand the history of wine in Tuscany by providing these “snapshots” of the wines in the era between the two world wars. Chianti (Tuscany) An unmistakable wine, simpatico, and exquisite. With graceful aroma, genteel soft flavor, fine, fresh and often slightly sparkling, Chianti is a beverage that has been well known in Italy for more than six centuries, as Marescalchi has shown authoritatively. For more than three centuries, it has been exported beyond the borders of the Fatherland, first to England and then to all the other countries of the world. Indeed, in 1481 Landino wrote that “the valley of Chianti produces excellent wine”. In 1542, the countess Isabella Guicciardini, writing to her husband, states that this exquisite wine gives such joy that it makes you wish to stay longer in the place where it is produced: “I like it very much and I wish not to depart”. In the seventeenth century, the poet Fulvio Testi exalted it with these words: “… I will pour you the Etruscan Chianti — a peer to the ruby — dew that offers a kiss”. And then later, Redi glorified it in his immortal dithyramb. Monelli judges it to be the most lively and genteel wine of the world. And he specifies its characteristics as a “sparkling, bubbling with life, transparent and joyous vermillion, with the flavor of fresh fruit and... Read more >

Wines of Tuscany circa 1937: Brunello di Montalcino

Herewith our second post in a series of translations from a 1937 catalog of the wines of Italy. You will find the previous post here including informations on the catalog itself. We hope that these informations will be useful for those who wish to understand the history of wine in Tuscany by providing these “snapshots” of the wines in the era between the two world wars. In our cellar, we still retain some wines from this period (see the photo below). Brunello Montalcino (Tuscany) Wine of great class, reminiscent of the best Burgundy, for its delicious aroma, for its velvety texture, for its generosity, and for the perfect harmony among its components. This nectare, which is produced in Montalcino (a historic castle that was once the last outpost of the Republic of Siena), is bright, red-garnet in color, with delicate notes of violet, delicious on the palate, with a dry, tonic taste and alcohol content from 12.5-13%. It is a wine that warms and restores you and for this reason, it is suited for those who work with their brains, the elderly, and those recovering from illness. It will give the drinker a sensation of new life. It is a wine that should be drunk after at least 3 or 4 years of aging because as a young wine, it is ungraceful, sharp, and unharmonious. It fares well in prolonged aging, which refines it and perfects its velvety character, its aroma, and its smoothness on the palate. It is greatest flavor and its exquisite properties are expressed when paired with roast game, especially spit-roasted thrush with olives. It should be... Read more >

Wines of Tuscany circa 1937: Bianco Superiore dell’Elba

Happy New Year to everyone, from the family at the Tenuta Il Poggione! Last year, we have posted an entry from a 1937 catalog of wines on Brunello di Montalcino.  This year, we have decided to translate the entries for all of the eleven Tuscan wines that appear in the catalog. We hope that these informations will be useful to persons who wish to know more and study about the history of the wines of Tuscany. We have found the entries to be very interesting and we hope that you will as well. The first entry about a wine of Tuscany in the catalog is Bianco Superiore dell’Elba, a white wine from the Island of Elba. Bianco Superiore dell’Elba This wine is generally known as Procanico Elbano. It is a wine of great finesse: soft straw yellow in color, dry in flavor, fresh, very pleasant, with an alcohol content of 12-13%. It has a very delicate but relatively intense aroma. It can be compared to the best Chablis for its distinctive character, its nobility, and its incomparable quality. It should be served rather chilled, paired with appetizers and seafood. It’s also well suited for persons with weak... Read more >