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When I first tasted Brunello di Montalcino, this region’s famous varietal, 30 years ago, I thought, “Oh, sweet mystery of life, at last I’ve found you!” The enchanting red, made only in Montalcino and only with 100 percent Sangiovese grapes, was also once described by wine guru James Suckling as “wonderfully perfumed and majestically refined.” 

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When I first tasted Brunello di Montalcino, this region’s famous varietal, 30 years ago, I thought, “Oh, sweet mystery of life, at last I’ve found you!” The enchanting red, made only in Montalcino and only with 100 percent Sangiovese grapes, was also once described by wine guru James Suckling as “wonderfully perfumed and majestically refined.”