Friday Sips

Rosso di Montalcino
Today March 9 from 1:30 - 6:30
We are exploring the world of Montalcino, specifically Rosso di Montalcino. While being the little brother of Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino has taken a righteous place in the world of Italian wine values and gives one an early drinking Montalcino experience. Drop by to sample four delicious versions.

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$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Flavio Fanti is a badass Brunello producer who also makes stunning Rosso and other wines. This is a man truly dedicated to Tuscany and produces absolutely wines that are resounding expressions of this hallowed region and are never doused with Cabermet, Merlot or Syrah.

Genuine to the core, the 2015 Rosso di Montalcino is (as required) made from only Sangiovese. Chock full of violet, red cherry, sage, chicory and dark chocolate aromas which follow over into a texture that is tangy, mouth-coating, nicely structured and packed with wonderful flavors of Italy from the engaging and alluring start all the way to the drawn-out, sumptuous finish. Enjoy this vastly undervalued Tuscan treasure over the next 4-6 years with hearty pastas, roasted pork loin or a fat t-bone steak.

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$19.99 BTL./$119.94 - SIX PACK

Located in the northern sector of Montalcino, Canalicchio is a sleeper producer who produces wines from an exquisite terroirs that provides immense elegance, polish, breed and depth. This wine takes on the traits of its maker…holding its cards close to his chest, very debonair and revealing its true personality on its own terms.

That said 2015 is quite special! One of my Brunello producers, and with good reason, Franco Pacenti is somewhat of a Leonardo Da Vinci of Montalcino - the man knows how to cram beautiful density in his wines as well as obtaining optimum finesse as well. 2015 is a super year, and for Montalcino, one to rival the likes of 2010. Canalicchio’s latest wine is impressive and the price is its usual stunning self, showing off beautiful floral and lots of blackcurrant tones, Tuscan spice, licorice and hints of mineral. In the mouth, it has substance along with ample seduction and persistence.

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$21.99 BTL./$263.88 CASE

For years there certainly has been no shortage of acclaim for this Brunello producer and it is well deserved because it certainly does not take a back seat to many other larger names, so if you have Montalcino cravings, order some now!

100% Sangiovese, this chewy, shapely, well-portioned smooth red offers an abundance of character. Erupting scents of ripe strawberries, balsamic, hints of raspberry, plenty of savory herbs and scorched earth tones follow through to a juicy, generous, savory texture that is brimming with Tuscan and Italian flavors that are utterly spellbinding and drawn-out. Absolutely drinkable now and will do well for another five years (at least).

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$27.99 BTL./$335.88 CASE

About as iconic as they come for Brunello di Montalcino, Il Poggione has been a stalwart in this area making Brunello since the 1890s about 100 years before the craze of the region ever took hold. Ultra-traditional in thought, about 15 years ago, Il Poggione toyed with making their Rosso in a softer, suppler style. Fortunately they came to their senses and in recent vintages they have reverted back to their traditional ways of making this sturdy and structured, the style that made them most famous.

2013 is a remarkable vintage for the king of Tuscan regions and Il Poggione's Rosso di Montalcino is exuberant with red berry fruit, roasted sage, violet and rich earth notes. There is a beautiful note of purity once this wine hits the mouth, with a core of ripe cherry, Tuscan roasted herbs and fine tannins that are both ripe and yet add a beautiful frame for the rich and Montalcino decadence to sit upon. Ultimately, it is meant to go with food. Enjoy it with roasted meat dishes, pasta with sage, butter, and tomatoes with or without meat. A Rosso that really wants to be a Brunello and often outdoes many of its more famous Brunello brethren. Drink over the next decade.