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Brunello wine, also known as Brunello di Montalcino, is known world-round as one of the best Italian red wines. If you're looking for a wine that has stood the test of time, disasters, transportations and more, this is the wine for you. Traditionally, the wine is produced around Montalcino, Italy. When it was discovered that the Brunello di Montalcino and the Sangiovese grapes were the same variety, Brunello started being used specifically for wine using 100 percent Sangiovese grapes.
Where is Brunello Wine Produced?
True Brunello wine comes from the Montalcino area of Italy. The wine was first created here in the 14th century and has been one of Italy's most popular wines since. On top of this, it's become known as one of the rarest wines from the country. Any wine claiming to be Brunello that is not from this small area is not truly a Brunello.
Flavor Profile of Brunello:
The warm, dry climate of Montalcino offers a unique flavor to the Brunello wine. The grapes ripen early and consistently, offering a delicious, yet standardized flavor. This wine has a high acidity, which is difficult for some to get used to. It also has a high tannin, but not nearly as high as other wines like Barolo. As Brunello ages, it becomes smoother and paler. It is generally suggested to drink Brunello after it has aged at least 10 years and up to 25 years.
The actual flavors that come out of the Brunello wine are robust and unique. You'll find notes of dried oregano, balsamic, espresso and even red pepper. It is both spicy and juicy. Brunello has become extremely popular in the United States because of its rich, unique flavor. In fact, about one-third of all Brunello sold is sold in the United States.
Food Pairings for Brunello:
With the high acidity, rich flavor and savory feel, Brunello pairs well with a variety of foods. It's no surprise that the wine pairs perfectly with rich Tuscan dishes. When you're having a tomato-based dish or red meat, consider pairing it with Brunello. When considering your meal, keep in mind that Brunello works extremely well with meats that are less-common in the United States, such as Moroccan-spiced lamb, wild board and veal. Spices should also be plentiful and bold. The biggest thing to make sure that your meal is as flavorful and rich as your Brunello wine.