Friday, April 11, 2008

Mas Rosso di.....

Many posts back I wrote about Vino Nobile di Montepulciano by Avignonesi. Last night we tried a different producer from the lesser appellation of Rosso di Montepulciano. Azienda Casale, 2004. What I LOVE about Sangiovese is the dusty red fruit dried herb quality. The texture is really fabulous. Good tannin structure and high acid are a good combination, and this wine has all those qualities (plus a little classic Italian volatile acidity on the nose - for those of you who care about that sort of thing)

As a side note, just in case all this Montalcino / Montepulciano crap is confusing.... Jancis Robinson, MW writes in the Oxford Companion to wine, "Rosso di signifies a red from the Italian zone whose name it precedes, often a declassified version of a long-lived, more serious wine such as Brunello di Montalcino or [in this case] Vino Nobile di Montepulciano."

Less serious and therefore in general less pricey... well, sort of. I think this was $24.99 at the Wine House.


Anonymous said...

When are you going to "taste" that 2005 Pelerin Syrah Monterey County especially now that you're devegetarianizing?

Amy said...

I've just been so busy washing my hair and walking my pet coyote. Actually I am going to write on it tonight for tomorrow, we were saving it to have with friends. What happened to Jew Hafner???