I started a Cru Select Brunello kit today. Can't wait for it to finish, I know at least one year, better in 18 months.
$100 for the kit, 30 bottles worth, $3.33 a bottle...not bad for wine that retails for $50/bottle for a cheap one and upwards of $700/bottle for a good one.
The kit has different directions from the last 3 I've done, no "primary" and then "secondary" fermentation, the juice stays in the primary for 14 days, gets degassed and cleared, gets racked into the carboy, sits for 42 days and then gets bottled.
I will follow the directions to the letter so that the wine tastes like it should.
SG at start is 1.092, right in the middle of the range it should be.
I installed a primary heater belt because I use the guest bathtub for my "winery" and it gets a bit cold in there. The heater is supposed to keep the must at between 70 and 80 degrees for 8 days. After that, its on its own, I guess.
I hope my patience is rewarded...just in case, I still have several leftovers from the last couple of batches to tide me over and I can always start some quick kits to fill in some time.
Wish me luck!