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Vignacci Rizziero Sangiovese Montecucco

Appellation & Country
Montecucco, Italy
Only $32.00 per bottle
Member Price: $28.80
The Wine
This 2010 blend is comprised of 95 percent sangiovese, along with small amounts of cabernet, merlot and alicante. Sixty percent was aged in oak casks and the rest in stainless steel, before spending at least four months in bottle prior to release. Aromas of fruit, spice and earth set the stage for gentle flavors of red cherry, black plum, dried herbs, lightly seared meat and mineral, all leading to a long, lingering finish. This fruity, earthy offering is a quintessential food wine.
For centuries, the Vignacci family has been farming their 50-acre estate, which sits in the heart of Montecucco, just outside the medieval hilltop village of Montenero d’Orcia. Today, Fabio Monaci, Lanzini Gabriella and their son Cristian are entrusted with the care of the property. In addition to producing extra virgin olive oil and grappa, they make tiny quantities of red wine under the Rizziero label. While the vineyard is planted primarily to sangiovese, they also grow small amounts of cabernet, merlot and alicante, which add complexity to the finished wines.
The Montecucco D.O.C.G. is located in the southern portion of central Italy’s Tuscany region. Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Amiata, overlooking the Val d’Orcia, it is nestled between two more illustrious D.O.C.G.’s, Brunello di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano. But Montecucco’s sangiovese-based red wines are becoming increasingly celebrated for their enchanting aromas, savory red fruit flavors, fine-grained tannins and extraordinary value.
The sangiovese’s red fruit character, elevated acidity and relatively soft tannins make it an amiable partner for higher-acid dishes, particularly tomato-based pastas, as well as the usual suspects: pork, veal, rabbit, poultry and feathered game. But this wine is also an excellent match for tuna, salmon, and even scallops and prawns — especially preparations that incorporate pancetta, prosciutto or grilled mushrooms.

Serve at cool room temperature (62°F).
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