Grapelive: Wine of the Day July 17, 2015

2013MontesecondoRosso2013 Montesecondo, Sangiovese IGT Rosso, Toscana, Italy.
Montesecondo is a tiny biodynamic farm in the northern part of Chianti Classico not far from Florence and in the Val di Pesa area of Tuscany owned by Silvio and Catalina Messana. Making organic, lighter and earthy style Sangiovese doesn’t always sit well with the Chianti Classico consortium (Consorzio) which is trying to develop a more international style for Chianti, so sometimes the Montesecondo, which is more like Burgundy than Bordeaux doesn’t qualify to be called Chianti Classico with certain cuvees, like this IGT Rosso, a 100% Sangiovese that delivers an elegant version of the varietal with bight flavors, subtle earthiness and medium weight. The 2013 vintage is ruby in color with a lifting palate of cherry, raspberry, tangy currant and strawberry fruits leading the way along with hints of sweet herbs, tobacco leaf, cedar, pepper and anise. This easy and pure Sangiovese is not a serious cellar offering, but it is really pretty and a wonderful drinking wine, best to enjoy this over the next 2 or so years, great with food and a great value. Montesecondo is a wine to be admired and cherished for it’s delicacy and transparency, it’s pure and lighter style doesn’t hide it’s flavorful and charming character, these are lovely wines, drink this one between 2015 and 2018.
($20 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive