After a lovely afternoon of touring my sister’s gardens and home improvements, the four of us headed out to Vico, a restaurant down the road from her in Hudson with a modern Tuscan menu. After enjoying Rosés through the course of the day, we were craving a rich, yet not too heavy red. To accompany our table insalata and various dinners [I enjoyed striped cheese ravioli in a toasted pine nut and sage butter], I selected Agostina Pieri Rosso Di Montalcino 2009.
Established in 1991, Castelnuovo dell’Abate is an 18 acre estate headed by owner Agostina Pieri and winemaker Francesco Monaci. Pieri produces his Rossos in the same manner he does his Brunellos; the aging regime includes both Slavonian and French oak barriques, and no fining or filtration is used. Obsessed with the quality of his wines, Pieri has the honor of being the only producer to ever be awarded the Gambero Rosso’s prestigious Tre Bicchieri score for a Rosso di Montalcino.
Red-violet with brick highlights in colour, rich aroma of cherry, resin and pipe tobacco swirled about in the glass. Rich cherry and plum flavours were infused with hints of citrus and traces of smoky anise in the medium body. Spicy black pepper, toasty oak and sweet vanilla elements embraced a rustic earthiness in the lengthy finish. Well-balanced and easy drinking, this is an inspiring glass for the table.
Produced and Bottled by AZ. AGR. Pieri Agostina, Montalcino
$24 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2017
*Rated 91 points by the Wine Advocate