Weekly wind defined: Brunello di Montalcino

Mary writes:

Brunello di Montalcino is an Italian red wine produced around the town of Montalcino in Tuscany. In 1980, Brunello di Montalcino was designated as a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). It is one of Italy’s more expensive wines.

Brunello di Montalcino is made from 100 percent Sangiovese. When it comes time to ferment, Brunellos have an extended maceration period. This allows for more color and flavor to be extracted from the skins.

After fermentation the wine is aged for three or more years in neutral Slavonian oak casks. Most producers then separate the normale and riserva bottlings at this point. The normale bottles are released four years after harvest and the riserva six years after harvest.