Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy’s most favored wines, traces its roots to the 19th century when local farmers began experimenting with a native grape “Brunello” (a variety of Sangiovese) cultivated in the surrounding territory. The delectable wine produced from this fruit can be aged for years, richly enhancing its value.
The founding father of Brunello di Montalcino was Clemente Santi. Starting from 1869, when the 1865 vintage was awarded a first medal, Brunello was awarded significant international recognition, and was preferred to French wine even in Paris and Bordeaux.
In the second half of the 20th century did Brunello wines transition from an exquisite delicacy known by the elite to an international symbol of the finest Italian wine. In 1980, it was the first wine to become DOCG.
Countless acknowledgements attest to the quality of the wine: in 1999, “Wine Spectator” listed Brunello among the 12 best wines of the 21st century. In 2006, Brunello was crowned the absolute best in a worldwide ranking.
Nowadays there are fewer than 10 winemakers for all Brunello in all of Italy. Today we are delighted to introduce Brunello di Montalcino Il Grappolo 1999, an excellent, regionally typical Brunello from winemaker Carlo Travagli. The very aromatic wine with a bright garnet colour has a bouquet of dried red berries, earthy aromas of truffles and leather. On the palate, delicate complexity with beautiful notes of ripe red berry, steeped plum, licorice and a confectionary note alongside chewy tannins. Smooth and very enjoyable finish.
Amsterdam, January 14th 2020