Rosso di Montalcino is a red wine from Montalcino in Tuscany.
It is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes.
Red Fruit. Dark Fruit. Cherries.
Oak. Licorice. Coffee. Smoke.
Rosso di Montalcino loves Florentine Steak.
Tuscan. International Food.
Pasta. Tomato or Meat Sauce. Rich Risotto.
Poultry. Pork. Sausages. Veal. Red Meat. Lamb.
Mature Cheese. Pecorino Toscano. Parmigiano Reggiano. Asiago. Provolone.
Rosso di Montalcino DOC is the younger brother of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. Both are from Tuscany. Both are made of 100% Sangiovese grapes.
The Rosso di Montalcino DOC classification was created in 1984 to define a fresher wine that needed less aging than Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.
The DOC is lighter and requires only six months in oak and one year aging before release.
This classification enables the producers to make money from the DOC while waiting for the DOCG wine to age
Sangiovese translates to "Blood of Jove" (the Roman God Jupiter).
The Sangiovese wines from Tuscany are world famous.
Typical Chianti and Montepulciano wines are Sangiovese blends (70-80%).
Typical Montalcino wines are made from 100% Sangiovese:
|Brunello di Montalcino||100% Sangiovese|
|Rosso di Montalcino||100% Sangiovese|
|Chianti||Minimum 80% Sangiovese|
|Nobile di Montepulciano||Minimum 70% Sangiovese|
|Rosso di Montepulciano||Minimum 70% Sangiovese|