Jeffrey Cohen, Wine Specialist

Brunello di Montalcino is a red DOCG Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino in the Province of Siena, located south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello is the name that was given locally to what was believed to be an individual grape variety; however, in 1879 the Province of Siena’s Amphelographic Commision determined that it is the same grape varietal as Sangiovese.


noun /tãst/

the sensation of flavor perceived in the mouth and throat on contact with a substance.

The 2015 Renieri Brunello di Montalcino was given 100 points by expert James Suckling of the Wine Spectator. It offers a gorgeous appearance with a dark burgundy color and thick saturation. The bouquet is rich and complete with layer after layer of ripe black cherry fruit intensity. It also has nice mild earthy undertones, which meld harmoniously together. This wine drinks beautifully right now and shows a contemporary style with thick extraction and soft tannins.

When pairing this wine, we can start with Chef Isaac’s Signature Menu. Although this wine is very versatile, a perfect pairing is the Slow Braised Akaushi Short Rib Osso Buco with Orzo. The richness of the sauce blends perfectly with the subtle mid-palate acidity. 

The lightness of the wine allows a perfect balance. 

As I said before, this wine is quite versatile. It will be magnificent with lamb chops and quail as well. 

This is truly becoming a regularly ordered item at the Club, and I have been placing orders often to keep it in stock. I have full confidence that you, too, will enjoy this gem of a Tuscan wine!

See you at the Club!

Jeffrey Cohen is the Wine Specialist at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at jcohen@cordilleraranch.com.

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