Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pietroso Rosso di Montalcino

Pietroso Rosso di Montalcino 2011
Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

Might you be furloughed on Tuesday? Don't want to spend $70 on a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino? Never fear -- you can have a swig of a Rosso di Montalcino instead!

The Tuscan regions of Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino overlap in their entirety. The soils are the same. The climates are the same. The grapes are the same -- Sangiovese! The only difference is the ageing requirement. Instead of the FOUR YEARS Brunello must be aged prior to release, Rosso only needs to spend 12 month in the barrel before its release. It's a baby Brunello!

Review:  This wine is a beautiful ruby color, with aromas of red plums and sour cherries -- and a hint of violets. On the palate the Pietroso shows fresh, mouth watering fruits with a little black pepper spice and a touch of leather. I adore the texture -- a medium light body with smooth and silky tannins. The flavors linger for a medium long finish.

This wine is a great alternative to not only the premium priced Brunello, but also for other Sangiovese based wines like Chianti!

Food Pairing: Spicy pasta!

Bottom Line: Great flavors, soft tannins, wonderful freshness. I dig it. Tasty and satisfying.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: Rosso di Montalcino DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) 
  • GRAPE: 100% Sangiovese
  • AGEING: 12 months in oak barrels, 6 months in bottle before release
  • BOOZE: 14.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now or hold for a few more years

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? High Priced

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