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Wine of the Week: Italy’s Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany’s oldest most expensive wines

The red Italian wine known as Brunello di Montalcino is one of the most celebrated in all of the famous wine region of Tuscany. It's lush flavors and aromas, from crushed red flowers to ripe red fruit and black cherries and hints of vanilla spice, cinnamon and oak, are the perfect accompaniment to all things Italian, in terms of food, and invite delightful opportunities to drink in solitaire, with nothing but a bit of cheese, salumi or a light pasta to do with it. The win originated in the town of Montalcino, just south of Florence in the famed Tuscany wine region. The grape variety was thought to be an original, but careful research revealed that it was actually a type of Sangiovese, Italy's most prevalent indigenous grape, known now as Sangiovese Grosso. In 1980, the wine was given the coveted DOCG designation, making it one of Italy's most famous and expensive wines. Just one taste will justify the cost in your mind.