A walled medieval village clinging to a rocky hilltop south of Sienna, Montalcino is famous for Brunello—one of Italy’s most important (and expensive!) wines. But Brunello has a little brother, and his name is Rosso di Montalcino. Still 100% sangiovese, Rosso is lighter, fruitier, and less complex than his older brother, and requires only one year of aging (compared to four for Brunello). Earthy and dark with blackberries and tertiary notes of tobacco and a bit of spice, this wine is big with great tannins and a juicy finish. A classic pairing with meaty pastas like a Bolognese!
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