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Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italys most prestigious winemaking territories within the borders of Tuscany. According to the diciplinare di produzione, wine labeled as Brunello di Montalcino must  made from 100% Sangiovese from vineyards planted on hills with good exposure at 600 meters above sea level or lower.  The wine must be aged for at least four years, two of which must be spent in oak.  Then, it must spend at least 4 months in the bottle prior to its release.  Brunellos are always full-bodied, silky and slightly tannic.  You should drink this wine with red meats or aged cheese and special guests!
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Brunello di Montalcino is made 100% from Sangiovese. Traditionally, the wine goes through an extended maceration period where color and flavor are extracted from the skins. Following fermentation the wine is then aged in oak.Traditionally, the wines are aged 3 years or more "in botte"—large Slavonian oak casks that impart little oak flavor and generally produce more austere wines. Some winemakers will use small French barrique which impart a more pronounced vanilla oak flavor. There is a middle ground where the wine is aged in small barrique for a short time and then spends a longer sojourn in the traditional botte.
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Most producers will separate their production between a normale and riserva bottling. The normale bottles are released on the market 50 months after harvest and the riserva are released a year afterward. The current aging requirements were established in 1998 and dictate that Brunellos are to be aged in oak for 2 years and at least 4 months in a bottle before release
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