Our Score: 90
The area around Camigliano has been populated since the Etruscans roamed Tuscany, and starting in the Middle Ages the castle passed from family to family under different influences, from the Pope to the Siena municipality. It is located on the southwest side of the Montalcino appellation. This baby Brunello from Camigliano is pleasantly easy. Elegant and fine at the palate, at the nose it shows red berries and pomegranate, violets and a balsamic note of pine tree, dried carnations and a hint of vanilla.
Pairing: Panini, tacos and pizza. Salads and grilled vegetables with tuna or salmon.
A cheese and salumi board, with some good toasted bread.
Appellation: Rosso di Montalcino DOC, Italy
Rosso di Montalcino DOC is a “baby brunello”. The rule of the appellation is that it be made with the same grape as the senior Brunello (100% Sangiovese), but with a shorter aging requirement (1 year minimum, versus 4 years for the Brunello). It is usually fresher and less concentrated—but lighter and less expensive—than Brunello, making it an excellent everyday choice.