1. BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO; understanding and appreciating one of
Italy's greatest wines (University of California Pr., 2012, 300 pages,
ISBN 978-0-520-6564-6, $39.5 US hard covers) is by Kerin O'Keefe who
writes about Italian wine for Decanter and The World of Fine Wine.
Previously, she had written "Franco Biondi Santi; the gentleman of
Brunello". It's in two large parts the basics of the region and the
grape, the birth (1865 at Greppo by Santi), and how the control came
about, the scandal of 2008 regarding over-cropping and blending, the
development of Rosso as a quicker maturing wine. The second part
concentrates on the 60 or so leading producers by the six subzones,
with names and addresses, websites, phone numbers, etc. A third,
smaller, part features other wines of the region and local cuisine
(with a description of typical dishes). There is also a vintage guide,
some fact sheets ("Brunello at a glance"), glossary, and a
Audience and level of use: wine lovers, especially Brunello fans.
Some interesting or unusual facts: Brunello estates are tiny 22% have
less than 1 hectare of vines, 29% have between 1 and 3 hectares.
The downside to this book: Rosso di Montalcino (scattered through the
book) was not indexed.
The upside to this book: a good example of a single (and singular)
Quality/Price Rating: 91.