Brunello di Montalcino
Pronunciation: [broo-NELL-oh dee mawn-tahl-CHEEnoh]
Regarded as some of Italy's best wines, Brunello di Montalcinos are made totally from a sangiovese clone, Brunello ("little dark one"), so named for the brown hue of its skin. The wines are big, deep-colored and powerful and have enough tannin to be very long-lived. Brunello di Montalcino wines must be aged for 4 years (5 for the riserva) 3½ of which must be in wooden barrels.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.