Wine of the Day September 1, 2013

2011MontesecondoRosso2011 Montesecondo “Rosso del Rospo” Tuscan Red, Italy.
Silvio Messana’s fantastic Montesecondo estate is all organically farmed and the wines are all distinct and reflect the beauty of place and the passion of the people, the vines are all in the Chianti Classico zone, near the village of Cerbaia, only 10 miles or so south of Florence. Silvio practices all biodynamic for his wines and shows a heartwarming love of his land and the nature in his area, he also uses natural practices in the winemaking, trying to preserve and showcase the true soul of his vineyard in his wines. The set of 2011 reds are all stunning and are remarkable values, especially the Rosso del Rospo the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot that has loads of character and charm in a lively and expressive red from the heart of Tuscany. The 2011 Montesecondo Rosso del Rospo starts with dried flowers, sweet herbs, pepper spice and tangy currants, and cassis leading to a palate of medium weight and good grip, showing black cherry, plum and blackberry fruit, lavender oil, anise and fresh cut cigar tobacco, finishing with dusty raspberry, cedar and refined ripe tannins. This is a steal and should get even better over the next 3 to 5 years, be sure to check out these 2011 Montesecondo reds, these and just lovely wines, bravo.
($25 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive