2006 Consorzio Vini Tipici di San Marino – Brugneto – IO San Marino

Sangiovese from San Marino

Last Summer I traveled to San Marino and next to the usual sightseeing, I was looking for wine. A few months ago, I wrote a San Marino wine & travel guide which you find here. Should you not know much about San Marino, the oldest, still existing, constitutional republic in the world, and Sammarinese wine then I recommend you to read that article first.

The majority, if not all wine from San Marino is bottled by the Consorzio Vini Tipici di San Marino. The consorzio is a society of small, independent winery dedicated to the production of traditional wine. Only rarely Sammarinese wine can be bought abroad (and abroad also means Italy!). Simply for the reason that the Sammarinese vintners do not like to export their already low quantity of wine.

The 2006 Brugneto is a blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% local grapes. The wine classified as IO San Marino (Identificazione d’Origine). IO is the Sammarinese equivalent of the Italian DOC. Sangiovese is the most important grape in San Marino. Sammarinese wines often tend to taste similar to the ones of the Emilia-Romagna in Italy. The wine aged for over a year in stainless steel tanks. According to the bottle label, Brugneto is only produced in the very best vintages.

Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for roughly two hours. But right after pulling the cork my biggest fear almost came true:

2006 Consorzio Vini Tipici di San Marino - Brugneto - VID San Marino2004 Consorzio Vini - Brugneto - IO San MarinoThe cork did not look good – at all! I hope you can tell by looking at the picture. Everyone in the room was worried that the win was oxidated. So before decanting it, I decided to take a zip. The wine seemed to be alright but it definitely needed some decanting.

After two hours we decided to give the Brugneto a try.

In the glass, the wine had a garnet red color. ABV was label listed at 13.5%. Intense nose with bilberry, blackberry and blueberry aromas. On the palate, Brugneto was dry with pleasingly, mellow tannins. A soft wine that was well-structured and elegant. I tasted some of the fruits from the nose. The wine had some acidity, too. Brugneto was full-bodied. The aftertaste was of medium length.

Please note that the bottle label is from the 2004 vintage (looks identical though).

Parting words

The Consorzio Vini Tipici di San Marino recommends to age this wine for a maximum of 5-6 years. Maybe it is just my bottle but the wine seemed to be just fine.

In San Marino I bought this wine for 14€. The wine can be bought in pretty much every Sammarinese wine shop. On your next trip to Italy make sure to stop in San Marino and to pick up a bottle or two of Sammarinese wine. You will not regret it. Promised!

3.5 / 5 stars      

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17 comments on “2006 Consorzio Vini Tipici di San Marino – Brugneto – IO San Marino”

  1. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    I’ve never been to San Marino but I want to visit it the next time I’m in the Rimni area. Very nice review : -)
    How come Sangiovese is so popular in San Marino? I thought that it’s mainly an Italian varietal.

    • vino in love Reply

      that is an excellent question! Sangiovese is popular in San Marino because basically San Marino has the same growing conditions and the same wine making history than the surrounding Italian regions do. Sangiovese is for example very popular in the Emilia-Romagna to which San Marino borders.

  2. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    The cork looks weird. Never had a cork that was covered with wine.
    5-6 years for a Sangiovese is not a ver long aging potential so to me it’s no surprise that the wine is still good! Especially if you look at Tuscan Sangiovese which age quite well.

    • vino in love Reply

      I was worried at first but the wine turned out to be good.
      You are right that Sangiovese can age very well but don’t forget that lots of Sangiovese is used to produce cheap wines that are meant to be drank young..

  3. Sean P. Reply

    I tried a few Sammarinese wines in the past. All of them had an excellent price-quality ratio.
    What a pitty that it’s such an unknown wine country but I guess San Marino is just too small.

    • vino in love Reply

      I agree with you that the wines from San Marino have a really good price-quality ratio. Sammarinese wine does not get exported (or only very rarely) – not even in the surrounding Italian cities. Dessert wine from San Marino is also a real enjoyment!

  4. Suzanne Reply

    The wine sounds wonderful, I am making a running list of the wines you recommend to take to my local wine merchant in the hopes that he can get them for me. Interesting about the cork, I never quite know what to do if the cork is degraded, not sure if the wine is alright to drink, obviously it is with an extended rest. One time I had a very expensive bottle of wine, it was quite old and the cork literally disintigrated. I love your reviews, and am learning so much, Keep posting!

    • vino in love Reply

      Thank you for your nice word, Suzanne.
      I’m flattered that you like my wine reviews 🙂 If your local wine merchant can find Agriverde’s Plateo then I highly recommend you to try that wine.

      Often the corks of old wines tend do disintegrate. It can become quite a challenge to uncork such a bottle. Did you manage to open the bottle in the end? I’ve had bad experiences with corks, too. Should you one day have a bottle that you can’t seem to uncork and If you have a decanter and plan to serve the whole bottle then you can slowly try to press the cork into the bottle. Then quickly pour the wine through a hair sieve and a paper towel into the bottle. Sounds silly but it works.

  5. drinkforlife Reply

    Very nice review. I plan to travel to Italy in September. Maybe I manage to stop in San Marino and pick up a few bottles of wine. Might be difficult to take them back though with US-customs and so.

    The cork looks bad. I wonder how that happened. Good to hear that the wine was still enjoyable though

    • vino in love Reply

      Thanks for commenting, drinkorlife.
      I am not quite sure what exactly to the cork happened.
      Since I’m not a US resident I cannot tell you much about US custom when it comes to importing wine. Oliver from The Winegetter wrote an article about that half a year ago or so.

  6. TracyLeeKarner Reply

    Nice review–how fortunate you are to have been there. Travelers enjoy the best experiences in wine, I think.

    I love that you took a little “zip.” I’m going to start saying that from now on–instead of “sip.”

    “I’d like to take a little zip of that wine, please.”

    • vino in love Reply

      Thank you so much! Being able to travel to many countries in a relatively short time is one of the best reasons for living in Europe. I used to live in Houston, TX for a while and it took hours to get out of the state!

    • winetalks winetalks Reply

      I just noticed the “little zip” thing, too 😀 That’s a nice expression. Good job for pointing it out. I missed it the first time I red the post.

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