100% Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy.
SRP of $60 and available for $50 (Saturday Splurge). 3,000 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"For centuries, grapes of superior distinction have sprung from the rich soil of the Tuscany region of Italy. Yet even these gifts of nature can only be transformed into wines of distinction by the hands of skilled craftsmen, like the generations of artisans who have nurtured the vines of Toscano Vineyards, and tended our casks. The fruits of their unmatched artistry are now in your hands.
Ahh, Brunello di Montalcino, perhaps the most renowned of all Italian wines. Unfortunately, with that renown comes very high prices. Today's wine is expensive for sure at $50, but for Brunello it's definitely on the low side which is what Reverse Wine Snob is all about it -- finding wines that overdeliver for the price. Toscano Vineyards also has a great story that we'll get into in a future post featuring many more of their delicious wines, but for now let's find out if this Brunello is worth the price tag.
The 2007 Toscano Vineyards Artigiani Brunello di Montalcino begins with a bit of a closed nose at first, but the more air it gets the better it smells. Black cherry, sweet spice, dried herbs, vanilla and a little raisin combine to make quite a nice aroma. The wine tastes full-bodied, smooth and silky with delicious dry and sweet tannins. This is a serious wine with a wonderful spicy streak that lasts all the way through the long finish. This wine should be able to age in the bottle for quite awhile as well. Yum!