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The Gambero Rosso is Italy's bible when it comes to anything food or wine. The 2013 edition of its wine guide isn't out yet, but sneak peaks are already available. Let's see which wineries will be awarded the guide's Tre Bicchieri - the three glasses standing for the guide's highest rating (the three Michelin stars of Italian wine, so to speak). 

In Montalcino the following wineries will receive the 2013 edition's Tre Bicchieri award:  

Brunello di Montalcino Bramante 2007 – San Lorenzo
Brunello di Montalcino 2007 – Baricci
Brunello di Montalcino 2007 – Canalicchio di Sopra
Brunello di Montalcino 2007 – Le Chiuse
Brunello di Montalcino 2007 – Poggio di Sotto
Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Poggio Ronconi 2007 – Citille di Sopra
Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2007 – Le Ragnaie
Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2007 – Poggio Antico
Brunello di Montalcino 2007 – Fanti
Brunello di Montalcino 2007 – Val di Suga Tenimenti Angelini
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 – Biondi Santi
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 – Capanna
Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia 2006 – Lisini
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 – Caprili
Brunello di Montalcino Collezione Arte 2006 – Donna Olga
Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2006 – Casanova di Neri
Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Vento Riserva 2004 – Tenuta Col d’Orcia

All regions of Italy are being rated in the guide, and Montalcino's wineries normally score on the top of the list when it comes to Tuscany (in regard to number of Tuscan wines and wineries that win the Tre Bicchieri award).

The new edition of the Gambero Rosso guide will be available from January 2013 in the English translation. You can preorder the guide on amazon (click on the picture). The guide is a treasure trove if you have a passion for Italian wines. Not just for the Tre Bicchieri flashing divas (which will have their price). Italian vineyards, which get awarded One or Two Bicchieri for their wines, are always worth checking out. 

In the meantime let's have a look back at the 2012 edition of the guide, which awarded 63 Tre Bicchieri in Tuscany. A number that put Tuscany in position two of the national 'Bicchieri' ranking. Piedmont had the lead with a total of 73 Tre Bicchieri in 2012. Below the list of Tuscan top wines as chosen by the Gambero Rosso 2012 edition: 

Ad Astra 2008 – Fattoria Nittardi
Baffo Nero 2009 – Rocca di Frassinello

Biserno 2008 – Tenuta di Biserno

Bolgheri Sassicaia 2008 – San Guido

Bolgheri Sup. Sapaio 2008 – Podere Sapaio

Bolgheri Sup. Campo al Fico 2008 – I Luoghi

Brancaia Il Blu 2008 - Brancaia
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 – La Cerbaiola
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 - Cerbaiona
Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2006 – Poggio Antico
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 - Biondi Santi
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 - Andrea Costanti
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 - Querce Bettina
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 - Caprili
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 - Citille di Sopra
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 - Canalicchio di Sopra
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 – Podere La Fortuna
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 - Collelceto
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 - Donna Olga
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 - La Togata
Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2006 - Casanova di Neri
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 – Piancornello
Brunello di Montalcino 2006 – Sesti
Caberlot 2008 – Podere Il Carnasciale
Carmignano Ris. 2008 – Piaggia
Casalferro 2008 – Barone Ricasoli
Castello del Terriccio 2007 – Castello del Terriccio
Chianti Cl. 2009 – Tenuta di Lilliano
Chianti Cl.- Le Ellere 2008 – Castello d’Albola
Chianti Cl. Poggio a Frati Ris. 2008 – Rocca di Castagnoli
Chianti Cl. Ris. 2008 – Villa Cerna
Chianti Cl. Foho Ris. 2008 – Casa al Vento
Chianti Cl. Ris. 2007 – Badia a Coltibuono
Chianti Cl. Baron’Ugo Ris. 2007 – Monteraponi
Chianti Cl. Ris. 2007 – Fattoria Le Fonti
Chianti Cl. Ris. 2008 – Castello di Volpaia
Colline Lucchesi Tenuta di Valgiano 2008 – Tenuta di Valgiano
Cortona Syrah Migliara 2008 – d’Alessandro
Cupinero 2009 – Col di Bacche
Do ut des 2009 – Carpineta Fontalpino
Flaccianello della Pieve 2008 – Fontodi
FSM 2007 – Castello di Vicchiomaggio
Galatrona 2009 – Fattoria Petrolo
I Sodi di S. Niccolò 2007 – Castellare di Castellina
Il Carbonaione 2008 – Poggio Scalette
Maestro Raro 2008 – Fattoria di Felsina
Montecucco Rosso Ris. 2008 – Collemassari
Montecucco Grotte Rosse 2008 – Salustri
Nambrot 2008 – Tenuta di Ghizzano
Nobile di Montepulciano Nocio dei Boscarelli 2007 – Boscarelli
Nobile di Montepulciano Salco Evoluzione 2006 – Salcheto
Orma 2008 – Podere Orma
Percarlo 2007 – San Giusto a Rentennano
Rocca di Montemassi ’09 – Rocca di Montemassi
Scrio 2008 – Le Macchiole
Siepi 2008 – Castello di Fonterutoli
Tignanello 2008 – Antinori
Valdisanti 2008 – Tolaini
Vernaccia di San Gimignano Zeta 2010 – Mattia Barzaghi
Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore 2009 – Montenidoli
Vernaccia di San Gimignano Ris. 2009 – La Lastra
Vinsanto di Carmignano Ris. 2005 - Capezzana

Not enough? For a very personal choice of top ten Brunello wines, check out my Montalcino Vineyard Map.

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