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Staff Pick

Brunello di Montalcino, Romitorio - 2006

Item # 39488 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Castello del Romitorio turns out bold Brunello year in and year out. year. Their tiny hilltop winery is located at one of the highest elevations in Montalcino. This older bottling is showing well today and will continue to improve with time in the cellar.

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Staff Pick Notes

Castello Romitorio in Montalcino has been many things to many people throughout history, including a monastery, a prison and a shelter for shepherds. The foundations of the castle itself can be traced to the Roman period with evidence of wine production even then. The estate was reborn in the 1980s when Sandro Chia acquired the property, with an eye toward restoring Romitorio's wine producing roots. This gorgeous Sangiovese as an excellent representation of Chia's dedication. 2006 was a benchmark vintage for Brunello, particularly the Northern part of the region where Romitorio is located. This sturdy, yet supple example should be decanted for best enjoyment. Doing so will display all of the glorious cherry, leathery, medicinal wonders of Sangiovese Grosso. Romitorio rocks!


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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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