Montecucco Rosso 2017, Montesalario

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Montecucco is a relatively unknown wine region near the coast of Tuscany where they grow Sangiovese Grosso, the same grape that goes into Brunello di Montalcino. While Brunello is typically a massive wine, with irony minerality and lots of tannins, Montecucco Rosso shows off the grape’s cherry fruit and mineral backbone without overpowering the palate. It’s Brunello at the beach! This wine is made from 80% Sangiovese, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

About the Winery (from the Montesalario website)

The Pasqui brothers’ farm is situated on the western side of Mount Amiata, in the province of Grosseto, 200 meters above sea level. On their small farm, they have five hectares planted to Sangiovese Grosso, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. They produce an almost minuscule amount of wine; the fact that we get to taste it all the way out here in California is a gift in and of itself!