Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines Hardcover – 23 Mar 2012
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"An absolutely essential wine guide for the connoisseur wishing to learn about the wine or the wine traveler seeking advice on where to go and which wineries to visit."--"International Wine Review"
"Kerin O'Keefe's authoritative book on Brunello is in the Broadbent/Coates tradition. ...written in a brisk, informative style. ...we need a guide we can trust; and those once seduced by the delicate complexity of a perfect Brunello could hardly do better than O'Keefe's book"--Prof. Tim Crane, Times Literary Supplement
"...it's refreshing to read the work of an author who not only knows her subject in great detail, but one who is opinionated and tells her story in an engaging fashion. ...this book is highly recommended." --Tom Hyland, Learn Italian Wines
"Kerin O'Keefe's Brunello di Montalcino is not simply an enjoyable wine book; it's one of the rare wine books that is truly important."--Evan Dawson, Palate Press"
She has an easy, absorbing writing style that's packed with information without being dry and witless. This is a very good read for the enthusiast and a useful one for the wine student." --Sally Easton MW, WineWisdom
"O'Keefe is the best English-language writer and critic on Brunello, and her book is a delight. Her depth of knowledge of the region, the issues, and the winemaking personalities shines through in her writing." --Donald Winkler, i-winereview.com
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"Kerin O'Keefe is undoubtedly the English-speaking world's most passionate advocate of the wines of Montalcino. Every page of her book reflects her expertise and long experience, and what's more, she's a good writer. How often have we been presented with detailed knowledge wrapped in turgid language? Not here! This is a page-turner if ever a wine book was one." Nicolas Belfrage M.W., "The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy: A Regional and Village Guide to the Best Wines and Their Producers"
"Kerin O'Keefe's book is the best thing I have read on Brunello di Montalcinoperiod. The research is the most thorough, and the coverage of the key aspects of the Montalcino situationorigins and history, legislation, zonal variations, producersis the most complete and rigorous I have encountered anywhere." Tom Maresca, contributor to "Decanter, Wine & Spirits" and "Quarterly Review of Wines""
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The author, right at the beginning, nails her colours to the mast about what she thinks is "classic" Brunello. And she doesn't pull her punches on what she considers "modern" Brunellos that are aimed at a specific market / group of influential critics. From reading her criticisms of the darker, more potent and early drinking Brunellos, I knew they weren't for my palate so that means, for me at least, that I can trust her judgement on the more traditional Brunellos she praises throughout the book.
The history section is a great introduction to the region, contains everything you need to know without overstaying its welcome. Concise, clear and helpful. The writing is pure and you can feel the passion the author has for the region and its wines. She doesn't side step the issues Brunello has faced in the last decade or so, from the blending scandal to the in-fighting to plant more Brunello vineyards in areas not deemed suitable. It will be interesting to see if the bigger producers manage to push through measures that would surely only harm Brunello as a great wine.
The producer / subzone section of the book is even better. It clearly (with the help of maps, although my North & South Montalcino maps were the wrong way round!) sets out where the producers are based and gives a brief history of winemaking in the subzone. The author explains how the altitude / soil in each cru helps give the grapes their distinctive character and how this is displayed in the bottle. The book is very good in breaking down the producers different bottling's and helpfully moves up the scale, giving opinions and drinking windows on certain vintages of the wine.Read more ›