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Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2018

Case of 6 bottles.

Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes, hand-harvested from the south-facing Poggio al Sole and Giardinello estate vineyards, plus some fruit purchased from managed sites. The harvest was very regular, and took place from September 20th through October 4th, producing very healthy, ripe, grapes characterized as being "in harmony". 

Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled, Slavonian oak casks, for about 18 days with only delestage taking place during maceration. The wine was then aged for 10 months in French-oak Botte (37HL), and in bottle for 2 months before release. Only 15,000 bottles produced. Alc./vol. 14.0%. 

Our tasting note: Deep ruby/purple colour. Complex aromas and flavours of wild raspberry, ripe black cherry, and plum with notes of dark chocolate, sweet tobacco, and crushed herbs. Dry, round, with integrated tannins, balancing acidity, and a long, evolving finish. 

Menu matches: It will complement medium- to full-bodied dishes, particularly grilled red meat (beef tenderloin or lamb), game, salumi, or classic pasta dishes with meat-based sauces. 

Third-party Scores: 90 points from Wine Enthusiast magazine; 90 points from Ian D'Agata.