Brunello, Brunello and… Brunello in Florence! #1

Brunello, Brunello and… Brunello in Florence! #1





But the Brunello producers are quite a lot, and as at Enoteca Alessi we have a wide variety of Brunello labels, here it is the first issue of a quick guide to some of the Brunello estates which precious bottles we jealously guard in our cellar… for you!Altesino: great passion and a great attention to innovation. In 1975 Altesino introduced the “cru” concept into the Brunello world with the Brunello Cru (Cru is a French word which defines "a vineyard or group of vineyards, especially one of recognized quality")  from the Montosoli vineyard. In 1979 Altesino started the production of Grappa from Brunello and in 1979 started to use barriques. Argiano: Argiano estate is… older than Brunello, as it produces wine since 1580. Argiano’s Brunello di Montalcino deep ruby red colour and flavours of red berries anticipates a rounded and voluptuous body. Banfi: Banfi is one of the most important and famous wine label in Italy, with quite an important stronghold in Montalcino with 7,100 acres of land. Banfi’s Brunello is the perfect mix between tradition and modernity, with a great attention to grapes selection and ageing (in French oak or Slavonian barrels). Camigliano: 90 hectares of vineyards, for 180,000 bottles of Brunello and 9,000 bottles of Brunello reserve Gualto. Gualto has a great aging in bottle potential, after aging for 36 months in oak barrels. Case Basse Soldera: a 23 hectares estate in the southwest area of the Montalcino terroir, with a perfect mix of altitude, exposure and microclimate for a great Sangiovese. Case Basse Soldera is involved in many oenological studies with University of Florence. … And more Brunello to come! Enough for the first post. We’ll come back later to Brunello producers, the secrets of the Brunello Grappa and the Compagnia del Brunello (Fellowship of the Brunello) merchandising!