Having recently tasted a few 2006 Brunellos, my thoughts turned to the reputation of Brunello and where it fits within the hierarchy of Italian wines. While there are some lovely wines from Brunello, it has never been one of my go-to regions in Italy.
This has as much to do with pricing as it does with quality. Sangiovese is a fantastic grape that produces tremendous wines, though I have typically gotten my sangiovese fix in Chianti or Rosso di Montalcino, which can also be great values.
All this got me thinking, what are my favorite Italian red wines? And why? Some may surprise you, but all are worth further investigation!
— Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth