Looking For A Great Brunello?

Let the WineAlign Critics help you find the Right Wine for the Right Price, Right Now!

Get Your Free Access Now

Top 5 Brunello at the LCBO

Find the BEST wines in YOUR price range

  • Over 115,000 wines reviewed and ranked
  • Reviews from Canada's top professional wine critics
  • Articles by Canada's best wine writers
Start drinking better wine now

Latest Articles

Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES May 30 – Part Two


Southern Rhône Reds and the Best of the Rest By John Szabo MS, with notes from David Lawrason and Sara d’Amato This week’s report features the top Southern Rhône reds of the May 30th release, along with the best of the rest of the reds. Although prices in the Southern Rhône Valley have been creeping up over […] More

BC Wine Report – First Look at the 2014 Vintage


by DJ Kearney Could be a thriller. Warm but balanced, long from start to finish and uniquely even across all six of British Columbia’s winegrowing areas, 2014 looks like a stunner… and a keeper. We are understated Canadians after all, but a mild euphoria seems to have spread across BC’s wine lands about the 2014 […] More

Top 20 under $20 at the LCBO (May)


Your Guide to the Best Values, Limited Time Offers & Bonus Air Miles selections at the LCBO by Steve Thurlow The Top 20 under $20 are best buys among the 1600 or so wines in LCBO Wines and the VINTAGES Essentials Collection. This month I selected 13 wines from Steve’s Top 50, a standing WineAlign […] More

National Wine Awards of Canada

Discover Canada's best wines! In 2014, 19 judges tasted 1,335 wines from 209 wineries across the country to identify Canada's top wines.

View Award-Winning Wines

World Wine Awards of Canada

Seventeen judges tasted 1,000 wines in 21 categories in 2014 to find the world's best wines sold in Canada under $50.

View Award-Winning Wines



Brunello

Brunello di Montalcino is one of the most prestigious appellations in Italy, born in the 19th Century in its present form thanks to the efforts of the Biondi-Santi family, who defined its rules and have largely guided it to the present day. The wines are made from 100% Sangiovese grape, in particular from a clone called Sangiovese Grosso, or also as Brunello - hence the appellation's name. Traditionally, the wine goes through an extended maceration period where color, tannins and flavour are extracted from the skins. Following fermentation the wine is then aged in oak. Traditionally, the wines are aged 3 years or more in "botti" - large Slovenian oak casks that impart little oak flavour and generally produce more austere wines. Some winemakers will use small French barrels which impart a more pronounced vanilla oak flavour and add a certain fruitiness to the wine. Whatever the approach, wines must be aged for for years (with a minimum of two years in barrel) before being released, according to appellation rules.