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2014 Rosso di Montalcino

Podere Sante Marie

2014 Rosso di Montalcino Podere Sante Marie - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Marino Colleoni is a man of interesting contrasts: he meticulously crafts tiny quantities of world-class Brunello from vineyards the size of a modest garden, but when it’s time for lunch, he instead opts for a jug of funky white wine made by a friend, apparently his pairing of choice for a selection of artisanal cheeses and chain-smoked cigarettes. I perplexedly partook in sipping the curiously cloudy solution, eager to live like the locals but admittedly a bit confused as to why one of Marino’s majestic reds wasn’t swirling around in my glass instead. As you’ll see with his Rosso from the high-elevation, north-facing slopes of Montalcino, this man means business when it comes to making old-fashioned Sangiovese. Grown organically and aged in Slavonian oak botti, this one is loaded with elegant bright cherry fruit highlighted by floral nuances and subtle gamey undertones. I’ll take that over his buddy’s dubious home brew any day.

Anthony Lynch

Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sangiovese
Appellation: Declassified Brunello
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Producer: Podere Sante Marie
Winemaker: Luisa & Marino Colleoni
Vineyard: Planted in 1998, 1.5 ha total
Soil: Volcanic Marl
Aging: 18-month elevage in Slavonian oak barrels ranging from 5 to 25 hL and from 3 to 10 years old
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13%

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About Tuscany

Perhaps no region is tied to Italy’s reputation as a producer of fine wine as much as Tuscany. Since Etruscan times, viticulture has played a prominent role in this idyllic land of rolling hills, and the Tuscan winemaking tradition remains as strong as ever today. With a favorable Mediterranean climate, an undulating topography offering countless altitudes and expositions, and a wealth of poor, well-draining soils, conditions are ideal for crafting high-quality wines. Add to that the rich gastronomical tradition—Tuscany is home to some of the country’s finest game, pastas, salumi, and cheeses—and you have the blueprint for a world-class wine region.

This is Sangiovese territory; in fact, it is arguably the only place in the world where Sangiovese reaches a truly regal expression. In spite of a rocky history with fluctuations in quality, traditionally produced Chianti has reclaimed its status as one of the country’s most reliable, food-friendly reds, while the rapid rise of Brunello di Montalcino shows the grape’s potential for grandiose, opulent reds allying power and finesse. Traditionally-minded growers have stuck to using only indigenous grape varieties and employing techniques like aging in massive wooden casks known as botti, creating wines of terroir that shine at the Tuscan table.

Tuscan wines have had a place in our portfolio since Kermit’s first visit in 1977. While the names of the estates have changed, the spirit of those first unfiltered Chiantis he imported live on through our current selections.

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There is so much contained in a glass of good wine, It is a gift of nature that tastes of man's foibles, his sense of the beautiful, his idealism and virtuosity.

Adventures on the Wine Route, pages 232


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