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What are the main differences between italian red wines called Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino?

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  • Both have the same origin grape: Sangiovese grosso grape called in Montepulciano Prugnolo gentile grape but it is the same grape, which by the way is very widespread throughout the Tuscan region.
  • Both the Nobile di Montepulciano and the Brunello de Montalcino are produced in the region of Siena.
  • In Brunello de Montalcino, 100% Sangiovese grapes are allowed and in Nobile de Montepulciano, in addition to the Sangiovese grape, a small portion of other varieties is allowed, although the producers of Nobile de Montepulciano maintain the 100% Sangiovese trend.
  • The Nobile de Montepulciano is an ancient wine and the Brunello de Montalcino is relatively recent.
  • The Nobile, as its name suggests, was made for the nobles and the Brunello, originally, had a farmer character.
  • The maturation of the Nobile de Montepulciano foresees a minimum period of 24 months; the same in the case of the Brunello. However, for the maturation of the Nobile de Montepulciano it must have 2 years of aging (3 years for the reserve) and for the Brunello de Montalcino 4 years (5 years for the reserve).
  • Note that there are other red wines made in Tuscany with the Sangiovese grape: Chianti, Chianti Classico and Super Tuscan (this one is not DOCG), who like the Nobile de Montepulciano and Brunello have DOCG.

I invoke the pleasure of tasting Tuscan wine varieties from the hand of an expert in the area: visiting a family winery that is over 700 years old, touring the Chianti area, visiting Brunello's house ... and in the case of staying in a villa I suggest enjoying an authentic Tuscan snack with wine tasting.

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