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Region: Tuscany

Rosso di Montalcino DOC

Facts about this wine

Wine: Red wine
Taste: Dry
Volume: Strong
Min. alcohol: 12%
Mandatory Storage: Min. 1 years
Storage potential: 5 years

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to Brunello di Montalcino, than its little brother, Rosso di Montalcino DOC, is an excellent option. This wine was conceived in 1984, and its made from the same grape as big brother, namely Sangiovese (100%). Locally, the grape is known as Sangioveto Grosso.

In good harvest years, the grapes are primarily used for Brunello, while the leftovers are used for Rosso. In poorer years, the grapes are used almost exclusively for Rosso di Montalcino.

In comparison to Brunello (which requires 4 years' aging), DOC regulations allow for Rosso di Montalcino to be sold after only 4 months' aging. This means a better business for wine producers, and a cheaper wine for consumers, who at the same time get the opportunity to taste a "Brunello" for about half the price.

The color is an intense ruby red, the aroma characteristic and intense, while the taste is dry, warm and with light tannings.

Mandatory aging: 1 year