The wine with top billing in Tuscany is for the last half of century is Brunello Di Montalcino, a DOCG from a fortress town south of Siena with reds of legendary power and longevity that have commanded lofty prices. The wines of this world renowned region of Tuscany were conceived by the Biondi Santi family a century ago, today Brunello di Montalcino is produced under scores of labels, representing small farms, established estates and even international corporations. Brunello production averages less than 2 million bottles (166 thousand cases), but producers also make the DOC, of Rosso di Montalcino (usually the grapes produced from the younger vines and the fruit that is not of high enough quality to go into the Brunello) and many make a sweet wine from the Moscato grape. Brunello is Montalcino is one of the hottest topics in the world of Italian wine today. With wine writers like The Wine Spectator’s James Suckling and The Wine Advocate’s Antonio Galloni. and International Wine Cellar’s Stephen Tanzer calling the newly released 2004 vintage from Montalcino ” One of The Greatest Vintage Ever”, many collectors and wine enthusiasts alike have been scrambling to pick up the best wines from this stellar vintage. The paradox here is that these wines are years away from showing their grandeur, when a customer wants a recommendation for a wine to take home tonight and drink, young Brunello is rarely comes to mind. However if you would like a taste of the wines of this elite red

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