Monte Antico Rosso 2006
Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
#61 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
The blend, albeit varying slightly depending on vintage conditions, is 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The best selections are blended and aged 1 year in oak (80% in Slavonian barrels, 20% in barrique) + at least 6 months in the bottle, achieving a graceful balance of voluptuous berry tones and flexible yet sturdy backbone. Dark ruby in color, its bouquet of leather, earth, herbs, black cherries, licorice and plums is confirmed on the medium to full-bodied palate – round, spicy, elegant, attractively fruity and extremely versatile with any fare from pasta or risotto, to meat, fowl and cheese. Moreover, the Empsons' judicious pricing policy makes it "consistently one of Italy's better values". Food-friendly, pocket-friendly, all-around simpatico.
Wine Spectator - "Bright plum, dried cherry and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and refined berry and cherry flavors. Drink now."
Castello di Monte Antico Winery
Neil Empson and renowned oenologist Franco Bernabei conjunctly orchestrate this all-Sangiovese varietal from Tuscany's very finest vineyard sites. Having access to the region's top crus and ideal microclimates means they can pick and choose according to harvest conditions, achieving consistent excellence with each vintage.
The superlative characteristics of chosen locations and strict quality parameters make for the wine's depth, structure, character and longevity.
Terrain includes compact, very fine-textured limestone, at an altitude of 400-450 meters above sea level; rocky, clayey/calcareous areas, also at altitudes around 400 meters; and clayey/siliceous/calcareous soil, at an altitude of 250-300 meters: a cross-section of Tuscany's best. View all Castello di Monte Antico Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
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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- 4 Stars: 16
- 3 Stars: 9
- 2 Stars: 4
- 1 Stars: 3
40 ratings, 25 with reviewsDavid LaRue - Dayton, OH411/21/2009This is one of those it's fantastic for it's price wines. I have had other Rossos in this price range and feel these one is just better done. It's a good wine to have around when the meal calls for Chianti.22/18/2010Just an everyday table wine that needs a meal with it. This wine does not drink well on it's own.n8 - Colchester, VT41/13/2010This is basically a very tasty, structured Chianti for under $20.PK - New York, NY311/13/2009So, so. Would rather not buy again. Cant really say much about this wine. Should be able to easily find a better red.12/10/2010??? r u kidding 90 ratingMike Conza - Canton, MA312/18/2009This wine is fairly acidic and thin, despite the additions of the Merlot and Cab. It does pair very nicely with strong cheese - and I imagine it would work very well with roasted or grilled meats - but it is too sharp and bland to enjoy on its own. For the price its a nice wine - but spend a few more bucks (literally) and you can do much better. Dont believe the "earthy and spicy" tag - this is neither.Raykas - Port Saint Lucie, FL411/3/2009Finally found the perfect wine to have with homemade fettucine carbonara or WoodFired Oven baked pizza topped with spinich/goatcheese/sausage!!!! The earthy taste with the smooth finish and fruit balanced perfectly with lightly spiced tannins! Oh Yeah.Jim Bo - Midlothian, VA411/15/2009A fruity mouthful with soft tannins. Fruity flavored with a smooth finish.54/2/2010I was absolutely delighted when I opened this bottle of wine. The nose was incredible and the supple flavors of this wine stimulates the palate unlike any other I have ever gotton for this price. Definitely a good deal for $11 bucks!!Vegas Dave - Las Vegas, NV33/17/2010First tried this based on WS review and great price combo. This is a really great everyday Tuscan wine value. Re-Ordered several more bottles as this is now one of my new everyday reds. First experienced it along side a hearty Cuban pork dish, but would probably serve it with any hearty red meat or red sauce meal.H. David Kellams - Huntington Beach, CA510/11/2009Incredibly smooth wine that pairs well with a variety of foods - from thin crust BBQ goat cheese pizza to olive tapenade to truffles...212/24/2009This wine is really kind of blah. Drinks like a $6 table wine for twice the price. Even in this price range, you gotta be discerning, right? Skip it.53/11/2010
this is one of my top 3 QPR wines! (Briccotondo & Pesquie Terrasses the other 2) Goes great with Italian, Mexican...any spicy, saucey food...and as a social quafferPK - New York, NY311/13/2009So, so. Would rather not buy again. Cant really say much about this wine. Should be able to easily find a better red.Sho Morimoto - Washington, DC410/25/2009This smooth, super Tuscan wine (read chianti without the markup) goes great with chicken and pasta as the spicy bouquet and flavor and medium body are just robust and distinctive enough to be enjoyable and not overpowering. The winemakers switched the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes used from 2005, and this shows as it is much smoother on the palate.53/1/2010http://sassywinebelly.blogspot.com/2009/12/monte-antico-2006-toscana-9.htmlTasty Cat - Middle Village, NY41/11/2010Enjoyed this immensely with a variety of foods from spaghetti bolognese to beef to pizza and mildly sharp cheeses like cheddar. More herbs than fruit. I also tasted a good amount of violet which isn't mentioned in the description above. A good option to some of the popular but overpriced chianti's on the market. This has become my everyday wine.312/29/2009have a try, and u'll love it13/4/2010Not sure how this gets a 90 rating, tastes like a $9 bottle of wine which means I paid $2 too much for it.bob mccormick - Santa Fe, NM310/14/2009totally agree with the one reviewer from Calif.!Robert Dwyer - Portsmouth, VA412/28/2009I recently was able to get a case of this wine from a friend and we enjoyed every drop.Michael Geier - Conroe, TX33/24/2010title says it akk. The wine does not dissapoint, it is a 90ruth erickson - New York, NY412/7/2009An excellent Italian red wine, especially for the price. I will be giving it to many firends this holiday seadon as a gift.Sam T - Santa Monica, CA312/27/2009An easy drinking wine, more herbs than fruit reaching the palate24/22/2010this seemed to me to be a very average table red. A little astringent and thin.
- Light & Fruity
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
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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