Sunday, March 19, 2006

Rosso di Montalcino – The Prince and the Pauper

If Brunello di Montalcino is the prince of Super Tuscanies then Rosso di Montalcino is the pauper. Both of regal lineage, both are marvelous wines. Brunello, in fact, is the Sangiovese grape. These two wines are siblings, both produced from 100% Sangiovese grape, the birth of Rosso di Montalcino dates to 1968. Brunello di Montalcino is a DOCG. This means the origin, the quality and the method of production are guaranteed by law. The first name given was “Vino Rosso dai Vigneti di Brunello” or Red Wine from the Vineyards of Brunello.

The wine had such a great success that over the next few years the production Rosso di Montalcino counted for 40% of the total production of Brunello. In 1984, Rosso di Montalcino became a DOC wine and like its more exclusive brother is well known for its quality, distinct flavors and complexity.

While Brunello will peak somewhere around 8-15 years, Rosso di Montalcino can be consumed as soon as it hits the shelves, that is, October following the year of production. This wine will support several years of aging however it is perfect in the first 12 months after bottling. This wine is an excellent choice for those who desire a structured wine with an affordable price. As with most young Sangiovese this wine has a fruity base.

The color of Rosso di Montalcino is that of clear and bright rubies. The perfume is intense and clear tones of fresh fruit are evident. Upon opening, most Rosso di Montalcino will have a hint of tannins that dissipate within a few minutes. It is excellent with pasta and sauce dishes, fowl, pork, structured risotto with both meat and vegetables and fish.

Grape: Sangiovese

Color: Clear and Brilliant Ruby Red.

Bouquet: Intense fruit flavors.

Flavor: Full bodied and fruity, followed by a note liquorish. Dry and warm with a distinct note of tannins.

Alcohol Content: 12 %
Serving Temperature: 18-20 c.

Decanting: Not necessary.

Pouring: No special conditions.

Glass: use a clear wide bellied, deep, stemmed glass. This will allow the wine to continue to breath and will release its perfume as you move the glass toward your mouth. This will allow the wine to continue to decant.


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Blogger Tracie P. said...

a few years ago i decided to boycott tuscan wines in protest of america's obsession with all things tuscan. this fixation bothered me because it seemed to breed an ignorance of great wines from ALL OVER italy.

i have recently decided to stop, because i am only depriving myself of exploring a region of great wines. and i can't think if anything worse than that :)

i shall follow your advice and try a rosso di montalcino. you know, just to be nice...;)

3:06 PM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Tracie B. - I think you are making a wise choice. I do agree with your perception that for many years Italian wine was Super Tuscanies. This is changing, I am seeing wines from Campania, Sicily, Puglia, Piemonte, and Friuli more and more.

Your sacrifice will not be in vain.

3:10 PM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Tracie B. - has your husband taken you to the "Mala Femina" on the Vomero?

3:12 PM

Blogger Tracie P. said...

No! But i'll suggest that...

1:16 AM


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