2016 Berry Bros. & Rudd Rosso di Montalcino by San Giorgio

2016 Berry Bros. & Rudd Rosso di Montalcino by San Giorgio

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2016 Berry Bros. & Rudd Rosso di Montalcino by San Giorgio

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This Rosso di Montalcino is a pure expression of one of the noblest and most famous Italian varieties, Sangiovese. Bright and gleaming in appearance, it has a vivid bouquet of dark cherries and wild herbs. The palate is brimming with wild plum and red forest fruits, with subtle notes of wood spice and earth. Traditional ageing in Slavonian oak gives the wine a sublime, supple and complex finish. Made for us by San Giorgio in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, this comes from some of the finest, fossil-rich vineyards in the whole of Montalcino. Drink now to 2030.
Matt Smith, Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd
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Tenuta San Giorgio

Tenuta San Giorgio

Directly facing the towering mass of Mount Amiata to the southeast of Montalcino, San Giorgio is situated on the rocky, steep slopes around the town of Castelnuovo dell’Abate. Tempering Mediterranean breezes give this area a favourable climate, above the deep valley of the Orcia river. The Sangiovese is grown between 250 and 400 metres’ altitude, with low-yielding vines on soils rich in clay, rocks and marine fossils, resulting in wines that combine minerality and a purity of fruit. 

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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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