Brunello di Montalcino has been immortalized in Japanese manga, appearing in The Drops of God series by Tadashi Agi and Shū Okimoto. Bottles of Brunello di Montalcino appear prominently in the comic strip, together with Italian wines Barolo and Rosso di Miani, and French and American brands, in a storyline recounting the feud between two brothers vying for a $20 million legacy left by their father, a wine critic, in the form of bottles of wine.
It’s not the first time that the Japanese artists have collaborated with Brunello di Montalcino. In 2009 Tadashi Agi and Shū Okimoto were invited by the Brunello di Montalcino Wine Consortium to sign a commemorative plaque at its annual Benvenuto Brunello festival, which launches the new wine introduced to the market each year and confers prizes upon restaurants, wine bars and osterias that best represent Brunello di Montalcino.
Produced near Siena, Brunello di Montalcino is one of the most expensive brands in Italy and was the first Italian wine to achieve DOCG status in 1980. Although put on the market after being aged for five years (six for Reserve), it is ideally suited to cellaring for 10 to 30 years but may be kept for longer.