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Brunello vs TTB

  • I have to admit I do understand the logic of the TTB getting involved with the issues over in Brunello.  Currently the TTB is stating that no Brunello di Montalcino will be authoruized to come into the US without laboratory analysis proving 100% Sangiovese Grosso.  While yes this is the DOCG rule for Brunello, it is being policed there. 

    The four producers being investigated already have the wines confiscated until they are proven innocent.  This has been done by the Financial Police in Italy.  I think this is silly already since it should be innocent until proven guilty, but regardless does this not mean the TTB does not need to stick their noses in.

    The argument that the TTB has is that is it breaks their rules under the wines current COLA (Certificate of Label Approval).  Their argument is that Americans won't know what they are drinking......In the US the variety labelled only needs to be 75% of the blend in the bottle.  Rather hypocritical is it not?

    Maybe our government should start to look at far more serious issues then  whether or not our Brunello contains 3% Merlot that is destined to be in an IGT that will sell for more money then the Brunello anyway in many cases.  Don't get me wrong, if the four producers did cheat and are proven so, they should be and are currently being punished.  It just has nothing to do with the TTB. 

    Anyway, enough of my rant.  It is time to go stock up on Brunello while I can.

    Cheers.

Comments

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  • vinifera77
    vinifera77 Some highly noted Brunellos provided by Vinifera Imports:

    Canalicchio di Sopra

    Tenuta Friggiali

    Pietranera

    Gianni Brunelli

    Valdicava

    Romitorio

    Please note that none of these wineries have been or will ever ...  more
    May 20, 2008
  • jordanofVA
    jordanofVA Those are definitely great producers. Looks like you have a great portfolio. I don't believe that it is fair though that we are assuming Frescobaldi, Antinori, Argiano, or Banfi have any sort of poor ethics. They are the big guys and will get inve...  more
    May 21, 2008
  • jordanofVA
    jordanofVA Sorry, in the blog I meant don't understand
    May 21, 2008