Vino Wire reports on the results of the Italian government’s “Operation Mixed Wine”:

Italy’s Treasury Department (Guardia di Finanza) has announced that 20% of the 6.7 million liters of Brunello di Montalcino impounded last year and that 40% of 1.7 million liters of Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Chianti Classico DOCG have been declassified from DOCG and DOC status to IGT Toscana Rosso. At the conclusion of an investigation, dubbed “Operation Mixed Wine” and launched in September 2007 by Italian authorities, 5 wineries have been cited for adulteration of their wines, which have been “cut and softened” with unauthorized grapes according to their official findings. At least 13 persons have been named in the investigation’s findings and at least one person has been cited for obstruction of justice.

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  1. Marco says:

    Brunello’s way over priced and surprise! diluted with wines from Puglia. The dinner with Dr. J at Il Buco involved a Brunello producer who was touting his wine’s purezza.