Eye - Medium to deep purple colour with a hint of brick red at the rim.
Nose - Really ripe on the nose with classic Sangiovese aromas of black cherry stone, blackberry, pepper, leather and above all a herbal, oregano edge. Also some new oak from the aging. Fine yet complex.
Palate - The palate is supple and smooth on the attack, velvety and fruity with redcurrant jam and strawberry. It then fills out in the mid-palate and finishes with all the herbal elegance of top Sangiovese overlain with a touch of new oak. Creamy and long
Vinous 90 points - Dark red. Ripe, dark red cherry, sweet pipe tobacco and aromatic herbs on the rich nose. Soft and supple throughout, with expressive floral and sweet spice notes lifting the ripe red fruit and tobacco flavors. Finishes smooth and long, with the telltale Montesodi chewy, fleshy texture. With 2011, this wine is now being labeled by the estate as Tuscana Rosso, which is a loss for Chianti Rufina.
Wine Spectator 90 points - Rich and round, this red displays cherry, plum, vanilla, iron and earth flavors on an accessible frame. Tightens up a little on the finish, but food or short-term cellaring should smooth this out. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2022. 350 cases imported.-BS
(Jun 15 2015)
A cru selection with its initial vintage in 1974, Montesodi Riserva is made only in exceptional growing years. It is produced from Sangiovese grown in the Montesodi vineyard, which, at 400 metres’ elevation, has always been regarded as the finest on the Tenuta for growing Sangiovese. It yields a rich, intense wine of remarkable aromas.
|Roast partridge with cabbage, beef stew with carrots, duck with cherry, lasagne, spaghetti carbonarra.