According to a post published today by Alessandro Bindocci at the blog Montalcino Report, no vote was held last week by the Association of Brunello Producers on the proposed creation of a Montalcino DOC. According to his report, the proposal was put to the floor but no action was taken, although a vote had been expected. Association members agreed to discuss the proposed appellation further.
If approved, the new appellation would take the place of the current Sant’Antimo DOC (which allows for the blending of grapes other than Sangiovese) and Rosso di Montalcino DOC (which requires 100% Sangiovese).
Observers agree that passage is unlikely.
The Italian government has until July 31, 2009 to issue new appellations before CMO reforms take effect and the power to create new appellations shifts from Rome to Brussels.