2015 Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino
From: Tuscany, Italy
Taste: The wine with a deep and intense ruby red color, result of a generous summer, opens in a wide and visceral sip with an overlapping fragrance of plum and red fruits, notes of tobacco, shaded by a puff of leather and chocolate. In an elegant and enveloping mouth, the dense and compact tannin gives the impulse for an inviting, long, and savory finish.
Pairing: Pairs well with game, lamb, grilled red meats, and mature cheeses.
Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy's most famous and prestigious wines. In Tuscany, its homeland, it perhaps ranks alongside Chianti Classico. On global markets it seems to command even greater attention.
The wine is typically garnet in color with aromas of red and black fruit with underlying vanilla and spice, and perhaps a hint of earthiness. The wines are usually full bodied with alcohol levels around 14 or 15 percent abv. Good tannic structure and bright acidity provides balance.
All Brunello di Montalcino wine is made exclusively from Sangiovese Grosso grapes grown on the slopes around Montalcino – a classic Tuscan hilltop village 20 miles south of Siena. Sangiovese Grosso is the large-berry form of Sangiovese. Its name here translates roughly as 'little dark one'. The use of this synonym and its inclusion in the name of the wine was part of a clear strategy to differentiate the wine from Chianti.
The first recordings of red wines from Montalcino date back to the early 14th Century. However, the all-Sangiovese Brunello di Montalcino style we know today did not emerge until the 1870s, just after the creation of a single Italian state.
"Forest floor, scorched earth, grilled herb and exotic spice aromas form the nose. On the full-bodied palate, firm fine-grained tannins accompany dried black cherry, orange zest, licorice and a hint of coconut before a warm, rather lean black-tea finish. Drink after 2025." --Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points