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Staff Pick

Brunello di Montalcino, Stella di Campalto - 2008

Item # 24754 750mL
$106.96/ Single Bottle
$1283.52 $1155.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

From five vineyards, all of which sit between 900 and 1000 ft above sea level, this is a Brunello that avoids masculine stereotypes and goes for a structured, feminine style. Yet, clearly this is Sangiovese with all the garnet cherry and crumpled tobacco leaf that one desires. Highly age-worthy, but decant for immediate pleasure.

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Staff Pick Notes

If you hold this remarkable wine for a few more years you will be rewarded with rich complexity and elegant depth of flavor. But if, like me, you need immediate delicious gratification, fear not. Treat it to a little air and this wine will drink beautifully right now. Fragrant violets, wood, & leather on the nose. Dark berries and black cherries with sturdy but inoffensive tannins which are balanced out with a dash of bright acidity on the palate. More graceful than many other, more rustic Brunellos, Stella di Campalto will delight without food but will surely shine with red meat, game, and roasted poultry.

- TR

Astor's Glossary of Terms


Italy's most planted grape variety is at the heart of some of the most beloved wines in the country. Grown all over the region, but especially in Central Italy, Sangiovese is the only grape allowed in Brunello di Montalcino, and the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti, and countless other delicious Italian blends. Sangiovese has shown itself in recent years to be an excellent...

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When you think of Tuscan wine, think of Sangiovese, the grape that is common to most great Tuscan reds (Vernaccia is the only white wine made here). Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most complex expressions of Sangiovese, has the best aging potential. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano shows the softer side of the grape, containing up to 20% of other varieties. Young Chianti often smells of fresh...

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