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2016 La Rasina Rosso di Montalcino

$29.99 $19.99

Regular Price $29.99

Bacchus Price $19.99

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Bacchus had a last minute entry into this month’s chosen few, at a fair price for very good wine.

 

The 2016 La Rasina Rosso di Montalcino, from the same vines that give you Brunello de Montalcino, and from the same hilltop town.

 

Italian wines can be confusing – and here is a short primer on the difference between the Rosso and the Brunello: The grape, Sangiovese Grosso, is a specific strain of the common varietal found specifically in the Tuscan town of Montalcino. It is a cousin to the grape found in Chianti, therefore, it does have similar characteristics. If you are a fan of good Chianti, consider this varietal to be a beefed up “juiced” version (in a good way).

 

Since the Grosso clone needs several years of aging before being considered the expensive Brunello, the powers that be in Italy created the Rosso category – wines created from younger Grosso vines and meant to hit the market much earlier.

The idea was to create a fresher style of wine that needed considerably less ageing time (one year with only six months in oak) than the big brother. This would enable producers of Brunello to make money while waiting for their DOCG wine to age, as well as declassify any Brunello that had been ageing for two to three years but had not quite reached the required standards.

 

In much the same way a Late Bottled Vintage Port gives you the opportunity to drink a version of a Vintage Port, the Rosso gives you a chance to get a hint of what the Brunello would taste like –without the hefty price tag which could cost four to five times more.

 

The La Rasina – along with other Rossos, have their own separate following because they represent a fresher, ready to drink wine of superior characteristics.

 

You won’t be able to find a 2016 Brunello now, but this 92 point Rosso will easily fill the bill. Our tasting notes: Black cherry, dark, tobacco, cedar and with a gentle use of oak, a hint of vanilla and toast. It still maintains a strong foundation of tannin, so once uncorked, give it some time to air out.

A nice fall classic.

2016 La Rasina Rosso di Montalcino

regular price $29.99

On Sale $19.99

92 Points