Wine of the Day December 2, 2013

2010MontesalarioSangio2010 Montesalario, Sangiovese, Montecucco DOC, Tuscany, Italy.
Montecucco is an up and coming area in the Tuscan Maremma coastal region, closely surrounded by Grosseto to the southwest, Sascano to the south and Montalcino to the north and northeast, This adds up to great Sangiovese country, in fact most of the Sangiovese planted here are identical to those found in Montalcino, the famed Sangiovese Grosso. This area is just being explored and discovered and the wines are showing glorious potential, this is a region to watch for high quality and value, one of the better examples to look for is from Montesalario, imported by Siena Imports, San Francisco. The 2010 Montesalario Sangiovese Montecucco DOC is flat out stunning and gorgeous with a dark garnet hue, rich texture, vibrancy and density showing a mix of berry, cherry, plum and strawberry fruits, chocolate, tobacco leaf, lavender, licorice and cedar wood spice. This is Sangiovese at it’s best, fresh, detailed, layered and lengthy, not a wine to age forever, but a real pleasing wine to enjoy over the next 3-5 years.
($27 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive