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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Spotlight: Rosso di Montalcino

This is a brief explanation of what Rosso di Monatlcino is and why I believe it is quality wine for a third of the price of the prestigous Brunello.

The denomination of Rosso di Montalcino was created in 1984, and was the first alternative appellation to an existing D.O.C.G. which allowed the grower to make a qualitative decision among his wines without declassifying to vino da tavola level. Based either on age of vines or relative quality between parcels or lots in a difficult vintage, whatever wines from Brunello vines the grower did not wish to include in his Brunello D.O.C.G. blend could be bottled under the Rosso di Monalcino D.O.C. This had the dual advantage of allowing him the opportunity to enhance the primary wine on which he staked his reputation and more rapid cash flow since aging requirements total only a year. It offered the consumer the advantage of coming in contact with the Brunello grape in a relatively forward and inexpensive style.

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