Big stars of Italian cinema are on their way to Montalcino. According to unconfirmed reports, brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani will bring the likes of Kim Rossi Stuart, Riccardo Scamarcio, Michele Riondino, Miriam Dalmazio, Eugenio Franceschini, Flavio Parenti, Carolina Crescentini, Paola Cortellesi, Vittoria Puccini, Fabrizio Falco and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers to the homeland of Brunello having chosen the striking setting of Romitorio Castle for their next film, “Meraviglioso Boccaccio”. Some of the scenes of the film, produced by Stemal Entertainment and Rai Cinema with grants from the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities and of Tourism, which will bring the Tavianis’ take on short stories from the Decameron to the silver screen, will be filmed right in Montalcino at the beginning of May and will feature the Romitorio Castle. The small XII century fortress surrounded by a thicket of holm oak trees was abandoned in the 50s and brought back to life by famous Transavantgarde painter Sandro Chia in 1984. With its mighty walls and the legend that links it to the majestic Fortress of Montalcino via an underground passageway, it seems to be the ideal place for the scheming plots, deceit and deception which characterize Boccaccio’s work.
With “Benvenuto Brunello” all wrapped up for another year, the Consorzio is already looking ahead to upcoming events. In March they are flying to Canada to bring the “King of Sangiovese” to Wine Tasting (which transfers to Brazil in May as well as Russia in June, Italy in October, Japan in November and China in December) in addition to Prowein in Dusseldorf. Vinitaly, the biggest wine event in Italy, is a must in April. At the end of May, Montalcino and its nectar make their way to Hong Kong for Vinexpo while in September they play host for “Incoming Enoteche Vinarius”.
“The study of history is essential in order to understand and face the present with all of its challenges,” explains Professor Alfio Cortonesi (Tuscia University), “and it is not even to explain Montalcino as the emblem of a link with the land, agriculture, cultivation of vines and wine production.” And it is precisely in Montalcino, a rough isolated territory with immeasurable resources which have developed competent personnel and brilliant ideas all along, and which have brought this territory to dialogue with the world over the centuries in spite of it all. A rich land, suitable for agriculture as well as art, craftsmanship and research. The cultivation of vines has always been a part of Montalcino, and this is due to various factors. If the morphological, geological and climactic characteristics prove to be ideal for vine cultivation, manual work has stimulated its growth resulting in good fruits of their labor. But the history of vines in Montalcino has not always been connected to Brunello. Even if today it is the main product of the area, the cultivation of Sangiovese grapes is quite recent with roots that trace back to the end of nineteenth century at Biondi Santi.
Since January 2, 2014, “Erga Omnes” has been in effect meaning that the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino has abdicated sole control entrusted to “third parties” by acquiring the possibility to adopt governing measures concerning the tender, vigilance, safeguarding and promotional development of the “Brunello di Montalcino” brand with regards to all users.
2009 Brunello di Montalcino? It’s a smaller vintage, definitely won’t be a vintage for long potential. It’s a vintage that should be consumed in the near term because it doesn’t have the qualities for very long aging potential but some other ones doing very nicely. I also had the opportunity where taste the Riserva 2008 that seem like another category wines because the color, the concentration, intensely, those wines is much bigger.
Brunello 2009? For Walter Speller, an expert on Italian wine, and writer for Jancisrobinson.com , It’s a very particularly year, very uneven year in a sense that stylistically the winds are all over the place so you can have an over relatively low alcohol. I don’t think there are any examples which you can compare this particular vintage.
A project by Robert Parker, the most authoritative and prestigious signature in the wine’s world done by real events which revolve around a large gala dinner by great chefs , and a masterclass, linked by a common thread enoic which changes from time to time and from city to city . And how could miss the Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most famous and popular wine in the world?
Is a world tour, and Robert Parker, with the producers and his collaborators , make a toutor to the various stages in Asia: start on February 27 in Beijing, with the “Hedonist Gala dinner ” inspired by “The Great Wines of St. Emilion & Pomerol “, then Shanghai, with the master “The Great 2000 & 2009 Vintages of Medoc” and dinner of “The Great Wines of Graves & Pessac- Léognan” (1-2 March) in Hong Kong, with the master on “Iconic French Wines and their Counterparts World” and dinner with “the Legends of Greatness” (5-6 March) in Kuala Lumpur, with the master and the dinner dedicated to “The Great Cabernet Sauvignons of the World” , including Ornellaia 2010 Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2009 presented by Monica Larner ( March 8 to 9 ) . Finally, the stage of Singapore, where between 14 and 16 March will be the protagonist of Bacchus Italy: the masterclass will focus all on “The Iconic Wines of Piedmont” held by Parker alongside Monica Larner , while “Hedonist ‘s Gala Dinner” branded two-star chef Anthony Genovese ‘s “the Clown” , the theme will be “Great Terroirs & Grapes of Italy”, when one event’s protagonists will be the Brunello di Montalcino Casanova di Neri Cerretalto 2007. For other dates , those American and European, you will instead wait for a few more days before we know the places and wines that will enliven the event of major historical producers and wine making in the world.
Another demonstration that Montalcino and its Sangiovese have all to travel in the five continents and be appreciated in every part of the world.