For fans of Italian wine, few names command the level of respect accorded to Brunello di Montalcino. Expert wine writer Kerin O'Keefe has a deep personal knowledge of Tuscany and its extraordinary wine, and her account is both thoroughly researched and readable. Organized as a guided tour through Montalcino's geography, this essential reference also makes sense of Brunello's complicated history, from its rapid rise to the negative and positive effects of the 2008 grape-blending scandal dubbed "Brunellogate". O'Keefe also provides in-depth profiles of nearly sixty leading producers of Brunello.
List of Illustrations Preface Introduction. Brunello: A Modern-Day Phenomenon of Made in Italy Part One. The Place, the Grape, the History, and the Wine 1. Montalcino 2. Temperamental Sangiovese: Location, Location, Location 3. Birth of a New Wine 4. Brunello Comes of Age 5. Boom Years and the Loss of Tipicita 6. The Brunellogate Scandal 7. Brunello Today and Tomorrow: The Return to Tipicita, or Business as Usual? Part Two. Leading Producers by Subzone 8. Montalcino 9. Bosco and Torrenieri 10. Tavernelle 11. Camigliano 12. Sant'Angelo 13. Castelnuovo dell'Abate Part Three. Beyond Brunello: Other Wines and Local Cuisine 14. Montalcino's Other Wines: Rosso di Montalcino, Moscadello, and Sant'Antimo 15. Brunello, Rosso, and Food Pairing Appendix A. Vintage Guide to Brunello Appendix B. Brunello at a Glance Notes Acknowledgments Glossary Bibliography Index