Sunday, February 13, 2011

Brunello di Montalcino

Vino Pinino.  Saying that almost makes me feel I might be able to learn to speak Italian some day.

Pinino is a Tuscan winery founded in 1874, and I am particularly enjoying the 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Rob brought home Friday night.

Brunello di Montalcino (broo NEL lo dee mon tal CHEE no) is a red Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, roughly translated as "nice dark one" in the local dialect,[1] is the unofficial name of the clone of Sangiovese (also known as Sangioverosso[2]) grown in the Montalcino region. In 1980, the Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the first Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation and today is one of Italy's best-known wines. Wikipedia

100% sangiovese grapes.  Brick red in the glass with touch of auberne dancing on the edge.  The look and smell made me think I'd be tasting  a 'big' jammy red, but this is not at all overpowering.  Tastier with every sip.   The tasting note says "best after 2011," so new flavours are likely to emerge in the coming years.

I am intrigued by the logo; don't know what it represents.

I wonder if it has something to do with the new owners of the estate; two families joined in partnership from Austria and Spain.  The Gamons and Hernandez' are four friends "with a common vision to produce 1st class wines." They purchased the property in 2003 so this is one of their first vintages.

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