Siena prosecutors impound more Brunello as Siena Farmers Union members oppose changes in appellation

More Brunello seized by prosecutors

According to an article published today in the Siena edition of La Nazione, the Siena prosecutor’s office has seized more wine from an unspecified number of producers of Brunello di Montalcino. The authors of the article also report that nearly all test results of previously impounded wine have been delivered to the investigator’s office, with the final results expected by early next week. Lawyers for wineries implicated in the investigation have already begun to question the validity of the results. (Impounded wines have been tasted for the presence of grapes other than Sangiovese. Appellation regulations require that Brunello di Montalcino be made from 100% Sangiovese grapes.)

Siena Farmers Union members unanimously reject proposed changes in Brunello appellation

VinoWire’s source reports that members of the Siena Farmers Union “indignantly and unanimously” rejected proposed changes in Brunello appellation laws in a meeting of the organization on Friday, September 19. While some producers entertained the possibility of a “3-5% tolerance” of grapes other than Sangiovese, at least one producer noted that hybrid clones — Sangiovese grafted historically with other grape varieties — have created problems for certain producers. Such clones, the producer noted, are genetically identical to Sangiovese but may not meet appellation requirements.

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