Brunello di Montalcino is a dry red Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located in the Tuscany wine region. In 1980 Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the first DOCG designation (highest quality appellation wines) and today is one of Italy's best-known and most expensive wines. Brunello di Montalcino, by law, may only contain Sangiovese grapes. The altitude and climate of the Montalcino region has provided an area where Sangiovese ripens more fully and consistently than anywhere else in Tuscany. These factors contribute to the body, color, extract and tannins commonly associated with Brunello di Montalcino. In contrast to Chianti, the other famous Sangiovese based wine of Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcinos have a more fleshy texture with common aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry, black raspberry, chocolate, leather and violets.