Rossofonte Rosso di Montalcino 2015
Hailing from Ciacci’s beloved Fonte vineyard in Caselnuovo dell’Abate, not far from the iconic Pianrosso, Rossofonte Rosso di Montalcino is an early drinking introduction to one of Italy’s true icons. It has caused the respected American critic and Italian wine expert James Suckling to lament: “If only more wines from this category were as good as this!”
Cherry, blackberry, plum, raspberry, strawberry jam, pink peppercorns, a splash of balsamic and just a hint of caramelised almonds; it’s all going on in this unoaked Sangiovese. Sip it alongside rich ragù (maybe chestnut and fennel sausage); slow-cooked, tomato-based pasta; top-quality steak; or a vegetable stew with juniper berries.
Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona have earned a permanent place in Brunello di Montalcino’s pantheon of greats. Critically acclaimed, organically farmed and state of the art, they are one of Italy’s most sought-after wine producers and their history is a truly incredible one. Although the property can trace its heritage back to the 17th Century, it’s the more recent bit that interests us. The estate came to be owned by the Ciacci family and Elda Ciacci married a count called Alberto Piccolomini d’Aragona, a descendant of one of the Popes. When she died in 1985, she left behind no heirs. To everybody’s surprise, she gifted the entire 220-hectare property to Giuseppe Bianchini – the farmer who had dedicated his life to managing its vines, olive groves, historic cellar and rolling Tuscan hills. It remains in his family – currently presided over by Paolo and Lucia – to this very day.
£4.67 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3225368
Style No.: 806160
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