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Monday, December 26, 2011

Baby Brunello: 2008 Pinzale Rosso di Montalcino

Well the Christmas holiday has just passed here in the states, but trees still twinkle as the sun fades from view. The shimmering packages once concealing treasured gifts underneath the trees now lay open and are cast aside like yesterday's news. Many kids still freshly awash in the glow of new found trinkets; given to them from various sources, as many parents struggle today just to makes ends meet, let alone footing the largess of the holiday bill.

It is with that thought in mind, part of the reason that I'm writing this review in the first place. For many, times are tough and finding a wine with soul can be a difficult task for under $15. I secured this wine from a local Costco, a bottle dwelling in virtual obscurity until it was brought to my attention the other day by one of my co-workers, a young man named Eric. Oh, I don't work at Costco; I'm just a wine brand ambassador of sorts.

This wine was secured by the sweat of my own brow [okay, no sweat was actually involved] and no samples were uncorked in the process of writing this review. So the other part of the reason, I wanted to bring this wine to your attention, is that it represents in this reviewers mind, what I like to call an, "an everyday luxury". By the way, if you're keeping score and I know many of you are, this wine is from the famed Montalcino region, renown for producing some of the very best wines in the world, not only in terms of its superior ageability, but also its vast depth of complexity and outstanding flavors, while reminding you of where it came from every step of the way. I gave this wine a mouth-watering 90 points.

So yeah, this not a chemistry-set wine, conjured up inside a multi-million gallon sprawling complex, where one grape hardly has any idea where it came from, let alone what variety it may happen to be. Oh no my friends this wine has a soul, it knows where it came from and it boldly, no I say proudly proclaims it heritage in every long swirl, slurp and the occasional burp. This fantastic wine has a pedigree [it has to show its papers], Rosso di Montalcino is made from 100% Sangiovese-Grosso [the little dark one] and is grown in the very same region as Brunello di Montalcino, hence the name "baby-brunello".

These particular clones of Sangiovese are unique to the Montalcino region; they've been specifically developed to adapt this area's specific terroir, which tends to be warmer and more arid there than the rest of Tuscany [specifically the Chianti Zone]. In my opinion; Brunello's seem to have many similarities to Pinot Noir wines of Oregon, because of its smooth tannins [round mouth feel] and ripe, rich earth and fruit driven character. A flavor profile which is wonderfully expressed in many "Rosso" or young red wines from Montalcino. Helping to keep the prices on the reasonable side of the equation; is that fact that these wines 
spend on average just six months in barrel and six in bottle before release.

The price on this wine came in just below $12, most of these styles of wine are in the $18 to $21 price range, so finding a wine of this caliber for this price, makes the Pinzale Rosso di Montalcino a best-buy. In the glass you'll find a light colored ruby core, the nose has real pop with dark rich plum, cherry and rich earth bathing your senses, like a trailer of the coming summer action movies. After finally giving the wine a go or as I like to call it the first splash down, bursting rich ripe dark plums, ripe dark cherries, a taste of Tuscan country-side and generous rich round mouth-feel. Bright acidity holds it all together, like a canvas upon which lies a brilliant painting [insert favorite artist here], making this one fantastic wine, amendable to many easy food pairing situations. I like to say; "this is the kind of wine that does not get in the way of what you're eating, it instead complements it, making for a better dining experience".

Honestly folks you're not going to find too many tastier 2008's than this one right here and at this price you better get your self on down there before it's all gone. But what do I know, this is just a hobby. By the way, I helped to move a few cases of this wine in just a couple hours, before I wrote this review, so good luck. Until next time sip long and prosper cheers! Full Disclosure: I do NOT represent this wine in any capacity what so ever or Misa Imports.
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