This ain’t no baby Brunello!

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2003 Palazzo Vecchio

Brunello di Montalcino’s overwhelming popularity in recent years has overshadowed some of the other equally intriguing appellations that lie literally a stone’s throw away.

Like Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, a clone of Sangiovese known for its large berries (hence the qualifier grosso meaning “large”) and its remarkable aging potential.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is produced exclusively in the township of Montepulciano, a thirty-minute drive from Montalcino. Most of the appellation lies in the valley surrounding this picturesque medieval hilltop town. The wines produced are generally intended for drinking young and like Rosso di Montalcino, they make for great table wines with nice acidity and mellow tannin. But there are certain growing sites that surpass 350 meters a.s.l. in altitude, where ventilation and cooler evening temperatures help to create long-lived, structured expressions of Sangiovese Grosso.

Thanks to its extensive land holdings in the township, Palazzo Vecchio — one of the oldest producers in the appellation — is able to source top fruit for their Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. When we tasted it at Vino earlier this year, we knew we had found a winner: this traditional-style, meaty Sangiovese Grosso really impressed us with its natural fruit and balanced acidity and its structured tannin. This ain’t no baby Brunello!

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