The answer was obvious – the increasingly delicious Rosso di Montalcinos and from one of the best value producers in the entire region – Caparzo. Rosso di Montalcinos, which used to be a way to get rid of unwanted grapes from their Brunello, are increasingly part of marketing and cashflow equation.
Modern Rossos allow cash to come in much quicker since the aging requirements are substantially shorter. Even more importantly, they are now an early beacon of anticipated quality that consumers can expect from the big boy Brunello Riservas the wineries will release three years later.
These Rossos are now viewed as market makers and wineries are putting a lot of effort into making them great and memorable. When Vinous was covering the 2019 vintage, they summed up the revolution nicely.
“The Rosso di Montalcino category has never been better than it is today. Top-notch Rosso di Montalcino delivers a highly enjoyable expression of Sangiovese with Montalcino pedigree that communicates house style and terroir associated with it. Rosso di Montalcino, with its zesty fruit and high acidity, will pair with nearly any meal imaginable.”
Caparzo’s 2019 Rosso di Montalcino displays ripe fresh strawberries and cherries on the nose. A bit of pepper and spice reveal themselves on the palate, sitting atop layers of cherries. It’s bright and zesty and Vinous isn’t kidding when they say it will pair nicely with pretty much anything.
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