This opens with earthy underbrush, violet and red berry aromas. The palate is bright, with tart red cherry and ripe raspberry accented by notes of pepper and baking spice. It’s vibrant and calls out for hearty pastas or pecorino cheese.
Salcheto is among the most interesting wineries in Montepulciano and definitely worth keeping your eye on if you love Italian wines. This expression of Vino Nobile offers loads of dark fruit and spice backed by medium density and fresh acidity.
Berry fruit and some dried apple skin come off the nose of this nicely shaped Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Give it a few minutes to open up in the glass: you’ll also get background notes of pepper, clove and wood shaving. Pair this ruby colored Tuscan wine with steak and wild porcini mushrooms.
The oak element here is too strong and determined at this point considering the wine’s naturally delicate notes of forest berry and cola. That said, this is a young wine that should age in the bottle for two more years so that the oak tones come into balance. Drink after 2010.
This wine represents a joint venture between winemaker Michele Manelli and award-winning photojournalist Paolo Pellegrin for a good cause. Proceeds go to charity. The wine itself is ripe with ripe fruit, spice and lingering notes of tobacco and smoke. The tannins are firm and there is a sour note on the close.
The nose of this wine is brimming with dark fruit, spice and toasted-oak fragrances. The palate shows oaky notes of coffee and toast, with soft plum and pepper undertones. It’s straightforward, with a drying, tannic finish.
This Tuscan rosé made using Sangiovese grapes opens with a pink-purplish color and bright aromas of rose, cranberry and wild forest berry. There’s a pretty touch of bitter almond on the close.
Here’s a no-fuss Chianti from the hills surrounding Siena with simple and direct aromas of wild berry and Christmas spice. It’s a nice, easy rendition that would pair well with informal foods, hamburgers or pork chops.