2006 Martoccia di Brunelli Luca Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

I popped the cork on this Sangiovese, poured The Rib and myself each a sip or two, and then decanted the rest of the bottle.  On the nose, I got some really big fruit, spice, earth, and leather.  The palate showed some excellent sour, dark fruit—mostly black cherry—along with some cola, spice, and smoke.  The tannins really gave this wine a beautiful structure.  As it opened up a bit, the nose had some nice tobacco notes and a little unripe strawberry.  After sitting for a couple of hours in the decanter, the smoke notes on the palate were more noticeable.  As it opened up in the decanter, the Martoccia reminded me of a cherry coke from a drugstore soda fountain.  I would describe this wine as somewhat delicate—the tannins were super soothing—but complex.  We took a little over three hours with this wine and it just kept getting better.

We paired the Martoccia with rich meat sauce and spaghetti.  It paired fairly well, but to be honest, the food was almost secondary to the wine.  I enjoyed the sips I had after eating more than the few I had before and during dinner.  I think this particular wine would pair nicely with a mild cigar.

At $25, this wine is a steal.  I absolutely plan on getting a few more bottles of this one if any are still available at my local wine shop.

When I do get around to opening another bottle of the Martoccia, I will be sure to decant it for an hour or so before pouring and will take my time sipping it.  Once again, this is a gem of a wine with a really nice structure, mild yet supple tannins, and some great fruit.  This wine will cellar nicely for the next 4 years or so.  Go find a bottle now.  You and your decanter will be happy.

From the Corkpit,


  4 comments for “2006 Martoccia di Brunelli Luca Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

  1. Christy
    March 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Yum! This needs to go on my “must try” list!

  2. Christopher
    August 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve been trying to find an American importer for this since your review. Any ideas?

    • Stub
      August 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm


      Thanks for your interest. I had the manager at my local shop try to help me chase down an importer. I am waiting for an email back from an importer here in Virginia that I believe may have this wine. I’ll let you know when I get some info.


    • August 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      Apparently this wine is being imported into New York, as The Wine Library is running a special on it right now.
      I’m also trying to find out more info. Hope this helps.


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