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2012 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta

Removed from subterranean passive storage; Purchased at retail; Consignor is original owner

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94The Wine Advocate

...pretty accents add complexity to the wine's solid core of dark fruit...mouthfeel is polished...

92James Suckling

...big and rich wine showing the ripeness of the vintage with a full body, hints of jam and new wood. Long and chewy finish.

92Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of red berry, espresso, underbrush and French oak lead the nose along with a balsamic note. The bright, sleek palate evokes wild cherry, crushed raspberry, pipe tobacco and licorice...

17Jancis Robinson

Pretty intense, interesting, already layered nose. Very rich start. Nicely splits the difference between ripe and refreshing styles.


Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is regarded as one of Italy’s best appellations. Located in south central Tuscany below Chianti, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are made of a Sangiovese clone called “brunello,” which means “little dark one,” a reference to the brown tones in the skin of the grape. Unlike some Tuscan appellations that allow other grapes to be blended with Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is entirely Sangiovese. Montalcino itself is a picturesque, hill-top town not especially well known for wine production until the mid-19th century, when a local vineyard owner isolated the brunello clone and planted it. Other growers followed suit. Nevertheless it wasn’t until 1970s that wine enthusiasts started paying attention to Brunello di Montalcino, which by then was becoming an outstanding wine. Today there are 120 estates in the DOCG, up from about 25 estates in 1975. Brunellos in general are bigger, darker, more tannic and more powerful wines than Chiantis or most other Sangioveses. By law they must be aged for four years, and two of those years must be in wooden barrels.