Last night the awesome Ms. Brett treated my palate to a small, wonderfully focused tasting. She brought two absolutely amazing Rosso di Montalcino. The town of Montalcino in central Italy is most well known for the towering Brunello di Montalcino, one of the first DOCG classified wines which is made from Sangiovese Grosso and must be aged at least five years prior to release. Another specification of the DOCG designation is that 30% of the production of each vintage of Brunello must be declassified and made into Rosso di Montalcino which is a DOC requiring only one year of aging before it can be sold. Because of this rule, Rosso di Montalcino can not only be great in great vintages, but constitutes one of the real bargains in the wine world in vintages that are not so good and the better houses make little or no Brunello pouring all their best grapes into little old Rosso di Montalcino.

We tasted:

2009 Costanti Rosso di Montalcino

Now 2009 was supposed to have been a challenging vintage in Montalcino yet Mister Robert Parker rates it as outstanding. The Consorzio Vino Brunello rates it a four star vintage which in their estimation is excellent. That being said,even a challenging vintage can produce excellent wines.This is clearly the case here. Clear mid-garnet hue. Pretty raspberry milk chocolate nose with earthy floral notes. Clean, lovely attack with keen acidity and dry satin tannins. It offers sweet floral notes that linger on the palate before fading quietly away. Super elegant. Find it and drink it now. ❤ +723446 $$ Costanti also offers an agrotourismo experience for the travellers out there

2011 Fuligni Ginestreto Rosso di Montalcino

The 2011 vintage, though not as challenging, was hailed as a four star vintage by the Consorzio as well. This wine has a clear mid ruby-garnet hue. A sweaty, sandalwood nose with sweet cherry, raspberry pie and snapdragon/night-blooming stocks floral notes. It’s a beautiful nose. The satin smooth attack brings velvety tannins sneaking out from behind the teeth making the mouth water. Luscious and elegant, it gives me bitter-sweet details on a clean tart finish. dazzlingly delicious. ❤ +706282 $$ I’m going to guess this will last a little longer than the ’09, but why wait when so much beauty is here for the drinking!

I couldn’t decide which one I liked better! So, that’s that. I suggest if you’re a fan of Sangiovese at all, you should check out both of these wines and decide for yourself which one is for you.

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