The mountaintop Monte Rosso Vineyard is a legend in wine country. Winemakers fight over who gets the fruit. Very old vines. Very high up. Red iron soil. You see the name on rare and exquisite wines. Winemaker Eric Cinnamon loves the place, and that love comes through in this wine.
Not shy at 14.9 % alcohol, but balanced, detailed and structured under the robust array of flavors. Let it evolve in the glass. Aromas of fresh berries, spice, briar and earth. Rancho Zabaco calls it “refined intensity.” We couldn’t agree more.
Poggio Antico’s Rosso di Montalcino is characterized by an intense ruby red color, a pleasant and rich bouquet that is fresh, with hints of raspberry. Its taste is firm, generous and well balanced, with sour black cherry flavors and very good tannins.
As a D.O.C. appellation (Denominazione di Origine Controllata - controlled from the origin) wine Rosso di Montalcino has its own regulations that are - to some extent - similar to those of Brunello. However, the appellation of Rosso di Montalcino permits higher yields per hectare than those allowed for the production of Brunello, without a mandatory period of aging in wood. Also, the minimum alcohol content for this wine is 12.0% by volume, instead of the 12.5% that is necessary for Brunello.
At Poggio Antico we make no distinction during the harvest between grapes destined for various wines (except for Riserva) so that the yield and therefore the quality of the fruit used for Rosso di Montalcino is identical to those of Brunello and Altero.
Therefore our Rosso di Montalcino is made by bottling a small quantity of Brunello early. The wine spends an entire year in 500-liter French oak tonneaux and is then ”bottle-aged” for at least four months before release.