The second stop of the day on our wine excursion was Montalcino, Home of Brunello di Montalcino – one of our favorite Italian wines.

After having been to Siena, Monteriggioni, or even Certaldo Alto, if you came here for the architecture you were not going to get wowed. Here is the Duomo from the side.

The front view is almost forboding. I am not sure if these trees are dying or have just dropped their foliage prematurely. It was a bit creepy looking. The clouds didn’t help.

Fortunately I found a nice Tuscan Door at a nearby church – Saint Augustino. I liked this one a lot.

As always the sidewalks were nicely appointed with colorful flowers, making the town all the more inviting.

And last but not least, it was the wine. I didn’t mention much about the wine we had in Montepulciano because once we tried the Brunellos here, we forgot about them. These were out of this world. We got a bit of a wine lesson from a local oenophile (who was also a good salesman).

We purchased a small tasting (three labels, 30ml each). I think they charge for the tasting more as a way to determine their target audience because as we oohed and aahed, more wines were poured for no additional cost.

We fell in love with a small production (8000 bottles a year) grower called Conti Costanti 2003. It was outstanding. We bought two bottles that we’ll save for an anniversary or birthday. There was only one downer. We tasted these wines against our standby favorite Banfi Brunello di Montalcino. The Banfi lost, hands down. Turns out it is a very high production, very well-marketed wine. It just isn’t as good as some of the others we tasted. The Costanti vineyard has been in the family since 1550. Banfi was started by two Americans in the 1970s. Not that the Banfi isn’t good – it is. It just means that we’ll be more deliberate in our Brunello purchases in the future.

2 Responses to “Montalcino”

  1. Heather Scufsa says:

    Looks like your weather has also been fantastic…enjoy!

  2. BK says:

    Based on all the wine experience you are getting it would make sense to open a wine shop or wine bar when you get back. Let me know, I’m looking for good investments. This is great, keep it coming!

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