Montecucco Rosso Riserva 2015
This nectar is a blend of Sangiovese (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) and Ciliegiolo (10%). As well described on the producer’s Internet site, the vineyards are located about 300 metres above the sea with diverse sun orientation and soil composition. Sandstone soils alternate with marl, ferrous and limestone loamy soils as well as gravel deposits. Some of the grapes come from old vineyards. The fermentation of must takes 25-39 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks (27-30 degrees Celsius). The malolactic fermentation also takes place in steel tanks. Half of the wine then matures in oak barrels and barriques for a further 18 months, 50% of which are new and 50% which have been used two or three times. Then the divine juice matures in bottles for 12 months. Salute!
In the glass the wine has an alluring ruby colour of medium intensity. It is clear with no traces of sediments.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. The aromatic bouquet is dominated by red fruits especially the red currant, and a not fully ripe strawberry. A pinch of black pepper and balsamic notes of eucalyptus follow the fruity hints. The secondary aromas are well defined: cloves, a fine cedar, a light charred woods and a drop of coffee. The tertiaries remember the leather and the earth.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are medium plus; while the alcohol is high (i.e. 14%) and it gives a pleasant heat wave. The nectar has a medium plus flavour intensity of red fruits, especially the sour cherry. There is also a refreshing light hint of mint. At the palate, we find also other secondary aromas as the dark chocolate, while a meaty note features the set of tertiaries already spotted at the nose. The lasting is medium plus.
It is pleasant nectar with a lot of fruits and elegant secondary aromas. However it lacks a bit of complexity, with the tertiaries still not well developed. In my opinion it works better to wash down a generous meal than to be drunk by its own. It is still quite young and developing to give wise advises in our musing sessions. The wine’s acidity and tannins don’t fear any steak whatever its size.
Final vote: 89
Price£14.99 at waitrosecellar.com