Pronounced Broo-NELL-oh. A grape varietal, used in the production of powerful red wine, produced in the Tuscany region of Italy. Brunello, referred to as "little dark one", is actually a strain of Sangiovese Grosso. Brunello is the only grape varietal in the costly and rare Tuscan Red, Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. wines.
Characteristics: Brunello typically produces long lived, deep, dark, and powerful red wines, high in acid with moderate to high tannins, and earthy, dark fruit flavors.
Ageing: Aging requirement of 4 years, 3 ½ of which are spent in wooden barrels. Brunello wines labeled Riserva have an ageing requirement of 5 years.
Serving temperature: Serve at a temperature of 64º-68º F.
Food pairings: Beef, cornish hen, duck, turkey, lamb, pork, wild game, pasta with meat and red sauce, and hard cheeses.