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Montalcino

Listed under Wine Regions in Tuscany, Italy.

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Even without being the town the delicious red wine, Brunello di Montalcino, is made in this town deserves a little attention on a trip though Tuscany. There's been a town on this mount since the 9th century – or at the very least a monastic commune – and it has many lovely old buildings, including the 14th Century fortress and cathedra' and 13th Century walls, piazza and town hall.

Beyond the man made structures is the view – over Asso, the Arbia valleys and Ombrone: a view over olive groves, vineyards and orchards, as well as more pretty red stone hamlets.

The wine is made only of Sangiovese grapes, usually aged for a number of years (minimum of three) in hard oak barrels – and because of that it's always been quite a rare, and thus prized, thing. The wine growing region around this town is the warmest and driest in all of Tuscany, which is why the wine is distinctive. Wines from the northern slopes ripen more slowly and are more aromatic, and wines on the southern slopes are some of the fastest to ripen in all of Tuscany and are known for their complexity of flavours – partly also to do with the complex terroir. These days many local vineyards grow grapes on both the north and southern slopes.

The name translates to 'nice dark one', which is a very fair description – experts tend to describe them using flavours like blackberry, black cherry, black raspberry, chocolate, leather and violets.

Written by  AndyinItaly.

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