Definition of Brunello
Brunellos di Montalcino
: a full-bodied red wine made from Sangiovese grapes that is produced in the Tuscany region of Italy Three impressive reds in particular—Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello di Montalcino—have acquired a devoted following among American oenophiles. — Alexis Bespaloff, Elle, January 1987
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Origin and Etymology of brunello
Brunello borrowed from Italian, from bruno “dark in color, brown” (going back to Vulgar Latin *brūn-, borrowed from Germanic) + -ello, noun suffix (going back to Latin -ellus, originally diminutive suffix, variant of -ulus with stems ending in r); Brunello di Montalcino borrowed from Italian, literally “Brunello of Montalcino” (town in southern Tuscany)
First Known Use: 1973
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