Rosso di Montalcino

Rosso di Montalcino

DOC

Rosso di Montalcino is a wine with its own unique identity and a strong personality. This wine’s style highlights the freshness and integrity of the Sangiovese from this terroir and balances intensity with an immediate appeal.

 

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Climate trend

Difficult vintages are said to reveal the true potential of the best terroirs, and never has this been more true than in the 2017 vintage in Montalcino. The winter was mild and very dry, as was the spring. This led to budding about two weeks earlier than normal. The frost that hit the area in the middle of April caused enormous damage across much of Europe, but thanks to the location of San Polo’s vineyards, with their southern exposure, 450-metre altitude and abundant air circulation, our vines suffered no damage. The summer that followed was marked by elevated temperatures and almost no rainfall, which created difficult conditions for the vines. Again, at this stage, we were able to appreciate the advantages of a particularly well-suited vine growing area, which treated us to daytime breezes and excellent day-night temperature variations, creating conditions that relieved the vines, which showed no symptoms of drought or heat-related stress. The rain that fell between the end of August and the beginning of September, not only restored the land’s water reserves, but it also gave the final ‘go ahead’ for the most important stage in the ripening of Sangiovese, the last month before harvesting.

Vintage rating

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Grape varieties

Grape varieties

100% Sangiovese

Soil

Vineyard

San Polo

Harvest

Grapes are hand harvested in small 17 kg crates during the last days of September

Bottle

Size

750 / Magnum

Barrel

Vinification

Soft pressing of the grapes after careful selection of the bunches

Ageing

12 months in lightly-toasted large barrels (2000 L and 4000 L). Bottle-aged before market release

Fermentation

In concrete tanks

Malolactic fermentation

In large barrels - 2000 L and 4000 L

Awards

90

Wine Enthusiast

A fresh and well-made '91, exhibiting good fruit flavors, some fine tannins and a silky finish. Drink now. 550 cases made. –

92

Vinous

A seamless wine with rich, plummy flavors and leathery aromas. Well structured and full-bodied, it is rounded out by supple tannins. Coffee and chocolate notes linger on the finish. This is still vibrant and ready to drink now through 1997. 450 cases made. –

90

James Suckling

“The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino brings together peppery herbs, violets and notes of wild strawberries to form a fresh and savory display of Sangiovese fruit. It’s silky in texture and medium in body with a pliant display of ripe red berries and inner florals. Juicy acids maintain energy even as hints of gentle tannin collect, yet the 2018 comes across as a bit one-dimensional. That said, the Rosso category is intended for early drinking; and where this will excel is at the dinner table over the next year or two.” - Eric Guido

Bronze Medal, 89

International Wine Challenge

Guida 2021

90

Wine Enthusiast

A fresh and well-made '91, exhibiting good fruit flavors, some fine tannins and a silky finish. Drink now. 550 cases made. –

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