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Meet the CoolVines Wine Geek! He’ll guide you toward – or away from! – wines that have a unique flavor profile: intentionally oxidized wines, earthy, stinky wines, wines with a bit of fritz on the tongue. Look for him throughout our web site, and on the shelves in our stores, to point the way toward these geeky wines.
Roberto Bellini and Patrizia Mazzi
Brunello di Montalcino
ucked on the southern border of the township of Montalcino, Podere Brizio was established in 1996 when owner Once a part of the larger Pieve di Santa Restituta estate, when proprietor Roberto Bellini sold Pieve to Angelo Gaja in 1996, he held onto the tiny Podere Brizio parcel because he felt its quality far exceeded the other holdings that now make up Gaja’s Montalcino adventure. Aside from Gaja, Brizio’s neighbors also include the famous Case Basse of Gianfranco Soldera as well as our very own Mocali.
Brizio’s Brunello is an 1800 case production gem aged in a mixture of barriques and 35 hectoliter casks.
The silver coin on the labels of the wine is known as the “Parpagliola.” Minted in 1556, it shows the she-wolf of Siena with the writing “The Republic of Siena in Monte Ilicino.” The name of the city we now know as Montalcino derives from the Italian for Mountains of the Ilex (or Holly tree). This is a symbol of a turbulent time in Tuscany’s history: After the Florentines had beaten the Sienese out of their own city in 1555, the nobles of Siena fled to Montalcino to reform their republic under the aegis of the king of France.
Montalcino is a hilltown and comune in Tuscany, Italy. It is famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine. The town is located to the west of Pienza, close to the Crete Senesi in Val d'Orcia. It is 42 km from Siena, 110 km from Florence and 150 km from Pisa. The Monte Amiata is located nearby.
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