The U.S. Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has published guidelines for U.S. importers of Brunello.
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According to the circular, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will require a statement “attesting that the Brunello di Montalcino meets the requirements of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and is acceptable for sale as such in Italy. This statement must be in English or, if in Italian, accompanied by an English translation.”
The circular also states the following:
Until further notice, if TTB finds Brunello di Montalcino wine in the U.S. marketplace which was released from CBP custody on or after June 23, 2008, and the importer does not have the corresponding required statement, TTB will consider it a willful violation and may take appropriate action which could include suspension or revocation of the importer’s basic permit.