The intense ruby color and the bouquet displays aromas of blackberries, a sour blackcherry note and balsamic with hints of mint and sage. Full-bodied and rich to the palate, well-balanced, with a dense texture and long, matured tannins.
The ideal accompaniment is with game, strong cheeses and roast meat.
"This is the first commercial release of this wine, made by Roberto Cipresso from an estate on the western edge of Montalcino planted in 1994. This 2001 starts from a tight place, black with a scent of sappy fruit and the feel of hard, mineral tannins. Scents of rose petal begin to appear with air, those floral aspects contrasting the potent depths of flavor. A blend of old-fashioned elegance with clean, modern grace, this is built to last - a 20-year wine." 94 Points Wine & Spirits
Tenuta Oliveto Winery
The property, located at the extreme south of the Montalcino boundary, was bought in 1994 and it had been totally abandoned, but the land had always been dedicated to the vineyards. This was a great opportunity, in as much as it gave us the chance to create an estate without any compromises, not needing to rely on somebody else's choices. In 1997 we began making our first Brunello and a Rosso di Montalcino, "Il Roccolo", while with the '98 vintage we began to produce a Rosso di Toscana, "Il Leccio" as our basic wine.
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One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, 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.
The 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.
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.
Most 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.