CARPARZO BRUNELLO
At The NEW YORK BRUNELLO TASTING 2019
 
 
Brunello di Montalcino means “Brunello of Montalcino” with Montalcino being a hilltop village located south of Siena in Tuscany and Brunello being a very specific clone of Sangiovese called “Sangiovese Grosso” which means ‘little dark one.’ It’s grapes are full and dark, and it is the only Tuscan red wine that is not a blend so you get the absolute purest expression of the grape. It’s classic flavor profiles include blackberry, black cherry, chocolate and leather. Is it just me or is that not insanely delicious sounding?
Just like France, Italy takes wine making very, very seriously. The DOCG rules there are strict and wine makers are held only to the highest standards. Case in point: Brunello vineyards can’t be planted at a higher altitude than 1968ft above sea level in order to guarantee that the grapes reach the highest flavor and ripeness. Additionally, Brunello can’t be bottled until after it has aged no less than 4 years; 5 years for the Reserves. This is because it takes THAT long for the strong tannins to soften. These are just a couple of the reasons why Brunello is so unique and truly special.
 
 
 
 
Tasting Ticket
BENVENUTO BRUNELLO
NEW YORK 2019
 
“I Miss GOTHAM HALL”
 
Yes, I miss Gotham Halle where the New York Benveuto Brunello tasting was helf for a number of years. Gotham Hall is one of the most beutiful event spaces in all of New York. Gotham Hall is in gorgeous hall that once housed The Greenwich Savings Bank. This year, the Brunello Event was moved to  Tribeca 360, which is a nice enough space with a fantastic view of lower Manhattan to the Hudson River and New Jersey beyond. I’d rather be in the beautiful NeoClassic Building that houses Gotham Hall, you feel as if you’re in a Beautiful Palazzo in Venice or some other grand Italian city. Tribeca 360 has way too much light, and the vibe is completely different than a Brunello Italian Wine Tasting at Gotham Hall, Tribecca 360 justed can’t compete with the Beauty and Granduer of Gotham Hall.
Anyway, “Nuff Said,” lets move on to talking about Brunello and the tasting itself.
IL POGGIONE
 
Great VIN SANTO and of course Brunello Di Montalcino
 
IL Poggione was one of my favorite producers showing at the 2019 Benvenuto Brunello New York Tasting. I really liked the Il Poggione Brunello 2012 as well as they IL Poggione Brunello riserva 2012 … The IL Poggione VIN SANTO was Text-Book Vin Santo with that wonderful Walnut Tasting taste that all properly made Vin Santo has. 

 

Sangivovese Grosso
 
aka BRUNELLO Grapes
 
On Vines in MONTALCINO , ITALY
 
in TOSCANO
 
 
 
 
The Brunello di Montalcino Consortium, the association that promotes and safeguards the celebrated Tuscan wines, will host the annual Benvenuto Brunello event in the United States on Monday, January 28th at Tribeca 360 in New York. Benvenuto Brunello is an exclusive wine tasting experience for trade and media during which the latest vintage release from 30 renowned Brunello producers is previewed.
Producers will showcase their 2014 Brunello di Montalcino and 2013 Riserva, as well as the 2017 vintage of their Rosso di Montalcino, Sant’Antimo and Moscadello di Montalcino. This year’s participating wineries include Altesino, Carpineto, Fanti, Fattoria La Magia, Le Chiuse and Villa Poggio Salvi, among many others. 

 

 

 

The events will feature a walk-around tasting, as well as select seminars, which will be led by Sotheby’s Master of Wine Candidate Nick Jackson and Giacomo Pondini, Director of the Consortium of Brunello di Montalcino. 


“Benvenuto Brunello in New York is an incredibly important event for us, as America is one of our largest export markets and one of the global wine capitals,” says Consortium President Patrizio Cencioni, “challenging, wet and cool, 2014 harvest yielded limited quantities of supple and delicate Brunello”.

 

 
 
Overall, I wasn’t too crazy about many of the wines at this tasting as opposed to other years like; 1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010, the Brunello Vintage of 2014 was not a very good year. It was good enough to meet all the criterior to make Brunello, it’s just that it was little better than a mediocer year. Sorry, but I’m not the only one who feels this way.
 
 
 
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
 
 
 
 
 
Conti Francesco Cinzano (Owner of Col D’Orcia)
 
with Author/ Italian Wine Guy – Daniel Bellino-Zwicke .com
 
 
 
 
 
MARCHESE FERDINANDO FRESCOBALDI
 
 
 
BEST SELLING ITALIAN COOKBOOK AUTHOR
 
ITALIAN WINE GUY
 
CREATOR of “BAR CICHETTI”
 
AMERICA’S 1st Ever BACARO
 
aka VENETIAN WINE BAR
 
 
 
 
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Actor James Starace
 
with Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
At CASTELLO VERAZZANO
 
GREVE in CHIANTI
 
TUSCANY, ITALY
 
 
READ about CASTELLO VERRAZZANO
 
And CHIANTI
 
At BELLINO on VINO
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SUNDAY SAUCE
 
 
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“I MISS GOTHAM HALL” !!!
 

 

 

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