Rosso di Montalcino


100% Sangiovese. Fonterenza's classic Rosso di Montalcino comes from five parcels across their hilly, contiguous 4.2 hectares of Montalcino vineyard. The vines are biodynamically farmed and average about 20 years old, planted on a diverse range of galestro-based soils; all are technically Brunello-qualified (but Fonterenza is constrained by a legal limit on their Brunello volume, which is tiny). Each of the parcels is harvested by hand and vinified separately. The bunches are destemmed by hand, gently pressed and fermented with native yeasts in open-top vats with a maceration of 15-20 days. The separate vinifications are blended and aged in old Slavonian oak botti ranging from 20 to 45 hectoliters for 24 to 30 months. The wine is bottled without filtration. 


92 points
"In the Fonterenza style, the 2020 Rosso di Montalcino lifts from the glass with a wild bouquet as sour cherry and orange mingle with sweet herbs and exotic spices. This is full of energy yet soft and pliant. Vibrant acidity carries licorice-tinged red fruits. It tapers off long and structured, leaving the mouth watering and aching under its youthful structure. Patience will be required."
Eric Guido,
Vinous Media
December 2023

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