Thursday, July 9, 2009

Renieri Rosso Di Montalcino 2004

The Rosso di Montalcino DOC was established in 1984 as a means of giving Brunello di Montalcino producers the flexibility to continue the tradition of long aging of the region's flagship wine. Rosso di Montalcino is made from 100% Sangiovese grown in the same delineated region as Brunello di Montalcino. However, the wine is required to spend only six months aging in oak and 1 year total aging before release. The 2004 Renieri is a nice medium-bodied, deep ruby colored wine made from 100% Sangiovese with aromas of cherry and blackberry and some cedar as it opens. The spicy berry taste is well accented by the earthiness that nice Italian wines have. Manageable tannins and easy drinking with a long and balanced finish. The wine is aged for 24 months in Barriques. Robert Parker rated this 88 points. Wine Spectator rated this wine at 86 points. I would tend to agree with Parker's rating. Retails for about $25. We have served it several times and it pairs nicely with pasta dishes and braised meats. Cellar this wine for another 2 years if possible.

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