The beauty of Rosso di Montalcino is that you’re buying young-vine Brunello that spends less time in wood, and thus emerges fresher and more fruit driven from the bottle than its more expensive big sister. This one is all about bright red cherries, a hint of juniper, red plums, and dusty, chocolaty minerals. Suckling’s on board, saying it “begins in wild strawberry territory with riper, darker cherry notes in the background as well as hints of resin. Full body, fine tannins and a fruit-forward yet refined finish. Extremely pretty.” You may have a hard time putting the cork back in this one!
A great winemaker, well-capitalized owners, and prime terroir: that's the recipe for great Sangiovese at Podere Brizio. Superstar oenologist Alberto Antonini is in charge of winemaking at this impressive state in the township of Tavernelle, in the west-central part of the appellation. This is just to the north of Soldera's Case Basse (arguably the greatest producer of Brunello). The Brizio wines are Brunello wines that showcase the grace and power of Sangiovese beautifully. If you need any excuse to grill a big, thick Porterhouse and dress it with sea salt and emerald-green Dievole olive oil, here's your chance.