Fattoria del Cerro Rosso di Montepulciano 2011
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The 2011 Rosso di Montepulciano displays vivid ruby red color in the glass and intense aromas of wild black cherry, violet and a slight vanilla undertone. Well-balanced and elegant tannins which integrate into the red fruit flavors. A younger Vino Nobile with the potential to age.
Pairs well with appetizers and first course dishes with meat sauces, stuffed pasta or casserole dishes and grilled red meats.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Dark cherries, plums, graphite, tobacco and smoke inform the estate's 2011 Rosso di Montepulciano. This is an especially dark, brooding Rosso with tons of varietal character and plenty of stylishness. A drop-dead gorgeous wine, the 2011 will give readers a great look at the personality of the vintage. This is without question a delicious wine and a fabulous value."
James Suckling - "Delicious soft tannins and juicy berry and chocolate fruit character. Full and round. Well-made Rosso di Montepulciano. Better than many Vino Nobles. Drink now."
Fattoria del Cerro Winery
Fattoria del Cerro is not only Montepulciano's largest private estate, it is also the one with the finest and most complete line of wines, fruit of years of work on the part of its directors, first Guido Guardigli and now Guido Sodano, and most of all to the inspired winemaking of Lorenzo Landi, who first revealed his formidable talent with their wines. View all Fattoria del Cerro Wines
About Other ItalianView a map of Other Italian wineries Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria
LombardyHome of the fashion capital of Milan, Lombardy is not quite Italy's capital of wine. It is, however, home to a few wines worth noting. Most vineyards are far north, far south or far east. First, in the south, the sparkling wine Franciacorta – this sparkling wine is made in the methode champagnoise and the better wineries produce wine that can hold it's own in a quality bubbly line up. Lugana, a pleasant, white wine made from Trebbiano, comes from Lombardy as well. Lean reds from the Nebbiolo grape are made further up in the Valtelliana region, near the Alps.
Emilia-RomagnaThe region of Emilia-Romagna is better known for its food rather than wine. Most of the wine coming from this region is the red, slightly-fizzy Lambrusco. It's high in acid and best drunk young. The white coming out of the region is mostly Albana di Romagna. Made from the albana grape, it's typically dry and pleasant, although not found often.
UmbriaTalk about being in the center of things… the land-locked region of Umbria is smack dab in the middle of the country. The most familiar white wine of the region is Orvieto, named for the medieval Etruscan town. It's a Trebbiano-based wine with good fruit flavors and high acid. Originally a sweet wine, most Orvietos are now dry. Red wine from Umbria includes Torgiano and Montefalco - Torgiano made from the grapes of Chianti, while Montefalco uses the native sagrantino grape, making big and bold reds.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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6 ratings, 4 with reviewsWIll D - Biloxi, MS411/6/2014Very nice Rosso, especially for the money. Like most Italian wines; needs at least 3 hrs in decanter and will benefit from even more time.tjowens - Donnelly, ID310/27/201439/26/201429/23/2014Meh.TrojanBill - Glendale, CA34/30/2014
I have to agree with "mobdude". This is a very average wine. Which is fine, given the price point, but the ratings are off by a substantial amount. This isn't bad - it just isn't anything special or noteworthy at all.Mobidude - Alamo, CA34/10/2014
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Overrated by both experts in my opinion. Pedestrian, Sangiovese made in a very "Italian" style. Would not buy again.Related ProductsBetween ruby red and amaranth in color with aromas of cherry and red fruit and spicy notes of wood. On ...
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
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Earthy & Spicy
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Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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