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Altesino Brunello Di Montalcino 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - Altesino's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino opens with beguiling aromatics. Sage, licorice, menthol and sweet tobacco flesh out nicely as the...
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Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - Love the complex aromas of raspberries, strawberries and minerals. Full body with fine, refined tannins with currant, blueberry and...
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Camigliano Brunello Di Montalcino Gualto 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gualto represents a return to a more austere and streamlined style. I say this after having...
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Carpineto Brunello Di Montalcino 2011 750ml

Rated 90 - Scorched earth, cured meat, toasted nut and grilled herb aromas lead the nose on this full-bodied red. The warm, ripe palate doles out...
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Castello D'albola Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - Aromas of wild red berry, sun-baked earth and dark cooking spices blossom in the glass. The medium-bodied, elegant palate delivers juicy...
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Castiglion Del Bosco Brunello Di Montalcino 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - Sporting a new label design, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino represents a philosophical divide from previous vintages. In the past,...
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Col D'orcia (Cinzano) Brunello Di Montalcino 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - Streamlined and tight, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino shows a tight fabric, bright berry aromas and a touch of sour cherry on the...

2011 Italy Sangiovese

There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' – the land of wines – so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.

The name of this grape, meaning 'blood of Jove' conjures up evocative images of long dead civilizations, and gives the Sangiovese varietal a sense of the holy, the sacred, the special. Indeed, this particular type of Italian grape has been cultivated and processed for thousands of years, and is said to be the original favorite grape varietal of the Romans, and the Etruscans before them. Throughout history, vintners have continued to plant this varietal, and they continue to produce wonderful wines to this day. The long bunches of very dark, round fruit are treasured by fine wineries in Italy and a few other places around the world, and when young, these grapes are lively – full of strawberry flavors and a little spiciness. However, it is when they are aged in oak that they take on some truly special flavors and aromas, as seen in some of the finest wines of the Old World.