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Rosso di Montalcino (Italy)

Rosso di Montalcino DOC is a red wine from Montalcino in Tuscany.

It is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes.

Typical Flavors


Red Cherry
Red
Cherry
Strawberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Cranberry
Cranberry

Blackberry
Blackberry
Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum
Tomato
Tomato

Herbs
Herbs
Violets
Violets
Spices
Spices
Tea
Tea Leaves

Oak Added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Coffee
Coffee
Cinnamon
Cinnamon
Tobacco
Tobacco

Red Cherries and Wild Berries are typical Rosso di Montalcino flavors.

With aging, Darker Berries, Sweeter Cherry, Plum, and Herb flavors are added.

Hints of Flowers (Violets), Licorice, Spices, Tea, and Minerals.

Profile

Brunello di Montalcino is known to have good power, juicy fruits and soft tannins:

BODYMedium Plus
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium Plus
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Pasta
Pasta
Risotto
Risotto
Ham
Ham
Salami
Salumi

Pizza
Pizza
Hamburger
Hamburger
Chicken
Chicken
Turkey
Turkey

Sausages
Sausages
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Wild Boar
Wild Boar

Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Deer
Game
Red Meat
Beef

Rosso di Montalcino pairs well with both Italian and International food.

It loves Rich Pasta Dishes, Tomato Sauces, Stews and Mushroom Sauces.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Grilled Vegetables.
Cured Meat. Prosciutto. Salami.
Tomato Sauce. Meat Sauce.
Truffle Sauce. Mushroom Sauce.
Rich Pasta. Rich Risotto. Pasta Cabonara.
Pasta Arrabbiata. Pasta with Truffles.
Rich Pizza. Pizza Picante. Lasagna.
Poultry. Rich Chicken. Turkey. Rabbit.
Hamburger. Sausages. Veal.
Stew. Wild Boar Stew. Ox Tail Stew.
Pork (Herb Grilled).
Lamb. Lamb Chops with Rosemary).
Red Meat. Braises. Roast Beef. Game.

Cheese:
Mature Cheese.
Pecorino. Parmigiano. Asiago. Provolone.

Tuscan Specialities:
Ribollita (Hearthy Soup).
Bistecca Fiorentina (Florentine Steak).
Risotto (with Meat or Mushroom Sauce).
Polenta with Black Truffle.
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms.

If You Like Rosso di Montalcino

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Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Italy)
Zinfandel (USA)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

DOC(G)

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

World Famous Grapes

Sangiovese

Sangiovese Grapes

Sangiovese is the king of Italian red grapes.

Sangiovese Regions

The Sangiovese wines from Toscana (Tuscany) are world famous.

Montalcino, Toscana

Rosso di Montalcino DOC 100% Sangiovese
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 100% Sangiovese

Montepulciano, Toscana

Rosso di Montepulciano DOC Min 70% Sangiovese
Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Min 70% Sangiovese

Chianti, Toscana

Chianti DOCG Min 70% Sangiovese
Chianti Classico DOCG Min 80% Sangiovese

Other Toscana Regions

Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG 90-100% Sangiovese
Suvereto Sangiovese DOCG 85-100% Sangiovese
Morellino di Scansano DOCG 85-100% Sangiovese
Carmignano DOCG Minimum 50% Sangiovese

Outside Toscana

Montefalco DOC 60-80% Sangiovese

About Sangiovese

Sangiovese's homeland is Tuscany. But it is also big in Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, Marche, Lazio, Campania, and Sicily. It is the most cultivated red grape in Italy.

The name (Sanguis Jovis) is Latin for "Blood of Jupiter".

Sangiovese is thin-skinned and the color of the wine is light red.

Sangiovese wine has high acidity, high tannins, medium body and medium alcohol.

Sangiovese Clones

Based on the work of G. Molon in 1906, Sangioves has been divided in two families: the Sangiovese Grosso (big), used for making Brunello di Montalcino, and Chianti wines, and the Sangiovese Piccolo (small), used in the other zones of Tuscany.

But this classification is too simple. There are nearly 100 approved clones of Sangiovese in Italy and the are no indication that the quality can be based on the size of the grapes.

Terroir

Sangiovese loves the Galestro terroir found in most of Tuscany’s best vineyards.

Galestro was created in a deep sea which is now the Mediterranean. It is a formation of stone, mudstone, sand, and clay (not compact clay), that breaks into little pieces helping open the soil.

Toscana (Tuscany)

Toscana is famous for the city of Firenze, and red wines made from Sangiovese.

Toscana

Toscana is most famous for the majestetic city of Firenze.

On the wine side, the region is best known for the Sangiovese based red wines:

  • Chianti Classico
  • Brunello di Montalcino
  • Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

A copy of the Bordeaux Blend, named Super Tuscan, is also popular all over the world.

Vermentino is the best known white wine from the coastline, and Vernaccia is an internationally recognised white wine from the medieval town of San Gimignano.

On the sweet side, Vin Santo ("Holy Wine") is the national drink in Tuscany.

Toscana has 11 DOCGs:

Sangiovese:

Chianti DOCG (70% Sangiovese)
Chianti Classico DOCG (80% Sangiovese)
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (100% Sangiovese)
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG (70% Sangiovese)
Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG (90% Sangiovese)
Morellino di Scansano DOCG (85% Sangiovese)

Super Tuscan:

Carmignano DOCG (Sangiovese, Cab Sauvignon/Franc, Merlot)
Suvereto Rosso DOCG (Cab Sauvignon, Merlot)
Val di Cornia Rosso DOCG (Sangiovese, Cab Sauvignon, Merlot)

White:

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG (85% Vernatcha)

Passito:

Elba Aleatico Passito DOCG (100% Aleatico)

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