2009 Rosso di Montalcino, Az. Agr. Cerbaiona

2009 Rosso di Montalcino, Az. Agr. Cerbaiona

Product: 20098027935
2009 Rosso di Montalcino, Az. Agr. Cerbaiona

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Diego and Nora’s 2009 Rosso di Montalcino nails the vintage perfectly. It is Montalcino sunset red, with a fresh, sunny, red currant fruit lift and a gorgeous mouthfeel. There’s endless joy on the palate too with tiny, crunchy red berry intensity. Sublime and slightly flirtatious, this is a terrific wine that simply glides to the finish.
David Berry Green, Fine Wine Buyer
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Cerbaiona, Tuscany

Cerbaiona, Tuscany

Tucked away off the Torronieri road the small Cerbaiona estate has been home to Diego & Nora Molinari since 1977, who produced their first vintage in 1980, all 70 bottles of it!

The estate comprises 3 hectares of vines & 12 ha of wood and olive grove; half planted to Brunello, the rest to Sant'Antimo and IGT Toscana (using Cabernet Sauvignon, Malvasia Nera, Merlot & Syrah). Production is limited to 8,000 bottles.

Lying on the north-eastern shoulder of the Montalcino commune the estate enjoys a fine eastern exposition at 390 metres elevation, with good aeration & galestro/alberese clay soils. This imbues the wines with a naturally good acidity. Diego does not use herbicides, pesticides or fungicides on his vines. This hands-off approach is reflected in their tiny winery, which is bolted onto the back of the 16th century property. A wooden press is preferred, followed by gentle vinification in cement & ageing/invecchiamento in 20hl slavonian botte.

The Brunello spends 30 mths in oak, followed by a year in bottle pre-release, while the Rosso sees 18 mths.

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Rosso di Montalcino

Rosso di Montalcino

Rosso di Montalcino is a large Tuscan DOC, to the far south of the Chianti Classico region, which  has been classified since 1983. 

The wines are fruity, soft, light and forward-maturing. They come from Sangiovesse vines outside the finer Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, harvested at up to 62 hl/ha, or from declassified Brunello fruit (often from young vines) in which case the yield must be the same as Brunello wines, at 55 hl/ha.

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Sangiovese

Sangiovese

A black grape widely grown in Central Italy and the main component of Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as being the sole permitted grape for the famed Brunello di Montalcino.

It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained calcareous soils on south-facing hillsides. For years it was blighted by poor clonal selection and massive overcropping - however since the 1980s the quality of Sangiovese-based wines has rocketed upwards and they are now some of the most sought after in the world.

It produces wines with pronounced tannins and acidity, though not always with great depth of colour, and its character can vary from farmyard/leather nuances through to essence of red cherries and plums. In the 1960s the advent of Super Tuscans saw bottlings of 100% Sangiovese wines, as well as the introduction of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous being Tignanello.

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The Wine Advocate90/100
Antonio Galloni

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The Wine Advocate90/100
The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino emerges from the glass with radiant red fruit, flowers and spices, all of which come to life in a supple, fleshy style that is immensely appealing. Floral notes reappear on the finish, adding an expressive upper register that makes the wine even more complete and beautiful. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
Antonio Galloni - 26/04/2012 Read more
Antonio Galloni
The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino emerges from the glass with radiant red fruit, flowers and spices, all of which come to life in a supple, fleshy style that is immensely appealing. Floral notes reappear on the finish, adding an expressive upper register that makes the wine even more complete and beautiful.

It’s great to see Diego and Nora Molinari doing better after what was a very difficult period for them last year. This little stretch of land, just outside Montalcino, which Diego Molinari purchased from the Guerrini family in 1977, is one of the most blessed terroirs in the entire appellation. The Cerbaiona Brunelli are big, powerful wines that possess striking balance. Think of Cerbaiona as the Richebourg of Montalcino. Cerbaiona remains one of the benchmarks for great, traditionally made Brunello.
Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate - Apr 2012

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