Is the Sangiovese that is used for Rosso di Montalcino bottlings Sangiovese Grosso/Brunello Clone?
You can use the exact same fruit that goes into a Brunello in your Rosso di Montalcino.
Thank you, Geoff! Updating my outlines while enjoying some 2014 Le Ragnaie Rosso.
Wait, GK just posted about Rosso di Montepulciano. You're asking about Rosso di Montalcino. That's 100% Sangio (Sangiovese Grosso), yes.
Sorry!!! Working on not enough sleep. Updated.
The grapes grown in Brunello aren't specifically one clone. Instead, there are multiple clones in Montalcino, some of which have been researched and propagated by houses like Banfi and Col d'Orcia.
Honestly, though, sometimes in Italy what you call something is strictly based on where you are from (and that guy from over the hill is dead wrong, BTW).