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Rosso di Montalcino DOC

 Rosso is a new appellation for red wine from Brunello grapes of Montalcino (Sangiovese Grosso) not aged long enough to qualify as Brunello.  Usually lacking the austere, tannic complexity of aged Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino makes excellent drinking at a lower cost. As Italy’s first alternative appellation to DOCG, this gives growers the option of using grapes from their vineyards for either Brunello or this younger DOC.  In good years they may select superior grapes for wines to be aged as Brunello, while declaring the rest as Rosso di Montalcino.

 Often referred to as the “Baby Brunello”, this lovely wine is made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes, hand harvested in October, soft pressed, and vinified in stainless steel tanks for 15-20 days at a controlled temperature of 25-28°, then refined in stainless steel tanks from March to May. Aging is done in both stainless steel and barrels, with further refinement in the bottle. This is an elegant, deep ruby red colored wine with aromas of small fresh fruits and cherries and a round, full, velvety quality on the palate; an excellent accompaniment to pasta with meat sauce, risotto, poultry, game, dishes with mushrooms and truffles and aged cheeses. Decanting for 1-2 hours is   recommended in order to enjoy all the fine nuances and flavors of this delicious wine.  Rosso can be cellared up to 5 years.

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