Located in the rolling hills of southern Tuscany, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino are Italy’s most powerful expression of Sangiovese. Produced from a unique clone of Sangiovese called Sangiovese Grosso, these are blockbuster wines full of high tannin, high acidity and exploding with tart red fruit flavors. Though not as historical as their cousins to the north in Piedmonte, Brunello has been enjoying renown the world over since the mid 70’s. Whether it’s the traditional producers like Biondi-Santi and Lisini (which offer austere notes of tart cherry, wild herbs and leather), or more modern approaches like Casanova di Neri and Il Poggione (which offer fleshier toned red fruit matched with vanilla and chocolate), there is no doubt that Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s most revered and prestigious wines. Ribeye, anyone?