Top 10 wines in the UK press

Collemattoni Rosso di Montalcino, 2010, Italy

2010-ROSSO-DI-MONTALCINO-Collemattoni.240x700.7639Another of Williams’ favourite was this Tuscan rosso di Montalcino made from the Sangiovese grape.

He said: “There was something thrifty, too, about the creation of the Rosso di Montalcino appellation (or denominazione) in central Tuscany in 1983. Covering the same area around the village of Montalcino as the prestigious Brunello di Montalcino, and based on the same grape variety (Sangiovese Grosso), rosso was designed for producers to mop up the fruit or wine that wasn’t quite right for their brunello.

“The winemaking restrictions are not so strict – a rosso can be released a year after harvest, brunello after five years – and the wines are considerably less tannic and more approachable – not to say cheaper – when they’re released. As with the Ripasso wines of the Veneto, I find it makes more sense to think of the better rosso as different rather than lesser bottlings. So, if I had the budget and patience, I’d enjoy the supple succulence of Collemattoni’s rosso now while waiting for the same producer’s gorgeously aromatic Brunello 2008.”

Price: £31.95, Lea & Sandeman

One Response to “Top 10 wines in the UK press”

  1. Saffredi says:

    The D.O.C.G. Brunello di Montalcino rules have changed, some time ago … Brunello may already be released sooner than 5 years. In fact, the Brunello may be released after 48 months, including at least 4 months in bottle prior to relase.

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