Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino 2008
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Bright ruby color. Very intense aromas of spices and small wild berries. Dry, full-bodied, great structure and complexity, excellent, long finish.
Perfect for grilled or roasted red meats and most game.
Wine Spectator - "Aromatic, offering pure cherry and strawberry fruit, with gamy balsamic notes, this red combines depth and complexity. Shows finesse, harmony and well-integrated acidity and tannins. Fine length."
Wine Enthusiast - "Bright cherry and blue floral aromas come with hints of leather and spice. The vibrant palate delivers succulent wild cherry and white pepper restrained by fresh acidity and bracing tannins. It has mesmerizing depth, finesse and balance."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright, deep ruby-red. Strawberry, baking spices and dried flowers on the perfumed nose. Then pure and focused in the mouth, with red cherry and berry flavors complicated by flint and herbs. Shows lovely balance and a refreshing quality on the long, vibrant finish; it's a very successful 2008 but lacks the concentration and complexity of Salvioni's best vintages. I'd drink it up over the next 10 or 12 years while your 2001s and 2006s reach their optimal drinking stage."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Bright cherry and blue floral aromas come with hints of leather and spice. The vibrant palate delivers succulent wild cherry and white pepper restrained by fresh acidity and bracing tannins. It has mesmerizing depth, finesse and balance."
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La Cerbaiola di Giulio Salvioni Winery
The Salvioni family has been growing Sangiovese grapes for generations, starting in the early 1900s. Thanks to the last descendent, Mr. Giulio Salvioni, this winery also vinifies and bottles Brunello di Montalcino. The first production dates back to 1985.
The vineyard, situated in the Commune of Montalcino at about 400 meters above sea level spans only 3 hectares. The soil is a mix of schist and clay marl. The plants are grown traditionally with the Cordone Speronato (Trellising) method and produce 42 quintals per hectares of grapes annually. Giulio Salvioni has managed to craft a true Brunello di Montalcino that is well integrated and balanced. Individualism and personal care have made this wine a bit of a cult player for the finest grained Brunello made. View all La Cerbaiola di Giulio Salvioni Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.