Rosso di Montalcinos are a wonderful alternative to the prestigious and long-aging Brunellos. Rossos are ready to drink when released and over the next few years, and while they are less firmly structured and simpler then Brunellos, they can be an excellent value and just love to accompany a meal. Therefore I was rather excited when I happened upon the under $20 Mocali Rosso di Montalcino 2010 in one of my local wine shops. Founded by the Ciacci family in the 1950’s, today the estate is headed by Tiziano Ciacci. Along with being one of the 25 Brunello di Montalcino Consortium members, he has also modernized the estate with better ageing capabilities and planted new vineyards that harmonize with nature; 6 hectares of vineyards and 4 hectares of olive groves are nestled amongst oak and pine forests. This bottling was produced from the younger Brunello vines and spent 11 months in large French barrels.
Transparent dark garnet with red-brick highlights, after decanting aromas of violets, red current and hints of kalmata olives curled up in the glass. Tart cherry and plum fruits were accompanied by silky green tea tannins in the medium body. Earthy leather and tobacco elements with traces of slightly bitter almond comprised the moderate finish. Easy drinking, refined and balanced, this is a glass made for the table.
Estate Bottled by AZ. AGR. Mocali, Montalcino
Enjoy now thru 2015
*Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator