The wines presented were excellent. Some of my favorites were Col Di Lamo, a relatively newer producer with their first vintage being 2003. Big and rich but still approachable. The Palazzo which gets at least half a year longer in oak than the DOCG requires was also a stand out.
Montalcino also has 3 other DOC wines. We often see the Rosso di Montalcino made with the same requirement of being 100% Brunello but made to be enjoyed earlier. Rarer is the Moscadello di Montalcino made with Moscato Blanco in still and bubbly versions and left with some sweetness. I came across the final type, Sant'Antimo on my visit last year. Essentially it is red(other than Brunello) or white wine made in the Montalcino region. The DOC allows for many different grape varieties to be used and does have some requirements as to yields and production, particularly for Vin Santo. I tasted some at the event that were 100% Cabernet, some with blends including Syrah and Merlot. Many were very impressive. The DOC leaves lots of room for producers to express themselves.