2007 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino

2007 Tenimenti Angelini Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy)

Brunello is code for Sangiovese. It's what the locals in this part of Tuscany call their special clone of this grape. Why so special? Because here, the Sangiovese grape tends to have thicker skins that give way to a darker, bolder wine. Suitably, they call it either Sangiovese Grosso or Brunello. Due to the wine's grosso or "big" body, producers are required to let their Brunello babies age for at least a couple of years in their cellars before they release it. All you need to remember is that if it says "Brunello" on the label, you're going to be drinking a big, beautiful wine made from 100% Sangiovese. And with all the wine's flavors of black cherry, roasted herbs and balsamic, you're probably going to want to be sitting down to a big, sturdy dinner with it. Mangia, Mama!

Drink with friends and: grilled ribeye with a balsamic reduction

Average retail price: $45

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