An important clone of the Italian Sangiovese found exclusively in the Tuscan town of Montalcino. First cultivated in the 19th century by Ferrucio Biondi Santi, today Brunello di Montalcinos are the greatest expressions of Tuscan Sangiovese. Compared to "Chianti on steroids," Brunellos are big, intense, complex and expensive. Highly sought after for both their longevity and consistency Brunellos can age for 20 years or more under the right conditions. The DOCG of Montalcino also has specific standards regarding yield, harvest dates, ageing and quality. Great recent vintages include 1999, 1997 and 1990. Also look for the less expensive Rosso di Montalcino, which is made from the Brunello clone as well but with less strict guidelines as far as age of the vines and age of the wine upon release.