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Whale Skeleton at Banfi Vineyards, BrunelloThe biggest whale fossil ever discovered in Italy has been found in vineyards of Castello Banfi, one of the country's finest Brunello vineyards. The five-million-year-old skeleton, 33ft (10m) in length, was dug up in the northern grape-growing area of Tuscany.




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"“Talk about terroir,” exclaimed Castello Banfi family proprietor Cristina Mariani. “We often find pieces and even whole shells of clams and mollusks, but this is far more significant. This discovery once again reminds us that the minerals and nutrients deposited millions of years ago are a big part of what makes this land ideal for nurturing noble grape varieties and giving complexity and flavour to our wines.”

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I suppose it makes sense that vineyards and fossils will tend to occur in the same places with frequency.

Both choose either chalk, limestone, sandstone and shale for their home.

You aint likely to find any fossils in igneous rock formations!!

I suppose that it what gives the Brunello its "marrowistic" hints.

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