2010 Fattoria del Cerro Rosso di Montepulciano (Elsewhere $16)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Rosso di Montepulciano is another gorgeous, totally striking wine. Sweet dark cherries, flowers, mint and tobacco are all woven together in this gracious, sleek Rosso. The 2010 impresses for its delineation, nuance and balance. This is a terrific showing. The Rosso is 90% Prugnolo Gentile and 10% Mammolo, aged 70% in cask and 30% in barrique. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
A rich, round version, laced with cherry, currant, earth and subtle tar flavors. Firm and succulent, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit, tobacco and mineral. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2013)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red. Red cherry, menthol and violet on the nose. Not a fleshy wine but shows lovely floral lift to the savory, dry flavors of ripe red plum, cherry and spices. Finishes firmly tannic and juicy.