Was 2006 a good year for Brunello?
At its best, though, 2006 is a benchmark vintage for Brunello di Montalcino. Readers will not want to miss these fabulous wines. In general the best 2006s are big, powerful Brunelli with beautifully delineated aromatics, great concentration of fruit and plenty of structure.
What food goes best with Brunello di Montalcino?
The Best Brunello Food Pairings Brunello pairs excellently with heavy meat dishes such as steak and game paired with mushroom sauces. It also can bode well against heavy pasta dishes, stews, and powerful cheeses.
Is Brunello di Montalcino worth the wait?
Brunello di Montalcino is a wine made with 100% Sangiovese with Italy’s highest DOCG classification. Sangiovese is the wine that most wine critics cite to be the best in all of Italy. Whether or not it is the best is entirely up to you, but it’s one of those wines to know and perhaps try… at least once in your life. Brunello… it’s worth the wait.
How long should you age Brunello di Montalcino wines?
Brunello di Montalcino’s age requirement is a minimum of 5 years before release (6 for “Riserva” bottlings). In most Brunello wines, you’ll start to notice two schools of thought used for the aging routine with Brunello di Montalcino wines:
What is the alcohol content of Montalcino wine?
Still and Sparkling wines have a minimum of 10.5% ABV and Late Harvest have a minimum of 11.5% ABV (15% potential alcohol). Late Harvest must not be released until 2 years after harvest vintage. A great deal of the style and quality of Montalcino wines is dependent on the altitude where the grapes grow.
How can you tell if a Brunello is ready to drink?
Just pay attention to tasting notes where the fruit isn’t too ripe and overblown with licorice/balsamic flavors. Brunello designed for aging should have lots of red fruit flavors and high acidity –the hallmarks of age-worthiness. Brunello di Montalcino’s age requirement is a minimum of 5 years before release (6 for “Riserva” bottlings).