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Brunello di Montalcino and why it’s so special…

WINE DINNER: Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2010, 2011, and 2012 paired with a special tasting menu by Chef Harvey Harris. Monday, September 25, $149 per person.

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Or please call (512) 349-7667 to reserve.

That’s the famous “fortezza” (the fortress or castle) in the historical center of Montalcino village, one of Tuscany’s most picturesque spots.

Montalcino lies in the heart of one of the world’s most famous wine appellations: Brunello di Montalcino, a wine made from 100 percent Sangiovese grapes that grow in the hillside vineyards that surround this tiny town.

First produced in the late 19th century, not long after Italy was first united as a country (a monarchy at the time), Brunello is famous for its incredible longevity: Some bottles have been known to “cellar” for more than 100 years, with truly spectacular results.

Montalcino is a great place to grow fine wine grapes because of its hilly terrain (ideal for wine production) and its stony soils. The less the soil retains water and the deeper the roots of the vine have to grow to reach the water table, the better it is for the resulting wines: As the vine gets stressed and as it struggles, it makes much more robust food thanks to its newfound vigor (kind of like the way your muscles grow after you work out).

Anyone who’s ever visited the region and tasted the wines will tell you that it is one of the most beautiful and pristine parts of Tuscany. And the wines they make there are simply phenomenal.

We couldn’t be more proud to be presenting a vertical tasting of one of our favorite producers, Altesino, on Monday, September 25, with a fantastic tasting menu created especially by Chef Harvey for the occasion.

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