Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Rosso di Montalcino tasted 1/14

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Cerbaia Rosso di Montalcino (2008)
Comments: Bretty with aromas of leather, and gamy animal scents. It’s off-putting for some but complex and intense, with aromas of beet root and medicinal herbs. Big, powerful and packed with tannin this is a rich, deeply flavored and extracted Rosso with impressive complexity on the palate and impressive detail. Long, chewy and admittedly fabulous this needs some time in the cellar to reach its peak. Give it 2 to 4 years. lots of tannin, rich and deep with impressive complexity, lovely detail, big dry extract, powerful and long and fabulous. 92pts
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2 Collosorbo Rosso di Montalcino (2012)
Comments: Hard on the nose with tight aromas of something mineral and vaguely earthy with lovely medicinal herb and rusty soil tones over some cranberry fruit. This is gorgeous on entry, with rich flavors of rhubarb, raspberry, mineral and a hint of dried herb that all come together perfectly and remain well supported by soft tannins and finely integrated acids through the long, juicy sour cherry pie and mossy herb tinged finish. 91pts
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3 Rosso di Montalcino Voliero (2012)
Comments: Tight on the nose, and floral in an earthy way. Clear and fresh on the palate with an attractive purity to the with rich flavors of tart red fruits, all underpinned with bright acids and small raw tannins, so fresh and bright. There’s a nice mineral streak on the back end that drives through the long, tenacious finish. A bit small scaled and certainly lacking the richness of some of these wines this has amazing energy and vibrancy. 91pts
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4 Talenti Rosso di Montalcino (2012)
Comments: Lipstick, earthy and mineral aromas greet the nose followed by the faint sweetness of a range of fresh, herbal aromas. This is complex and perfumed with, rhubarb and beetroot laid over ripe berry fruit. Rich with fruit and great energy in the mouth, this shows off bright lingonberry, cherry, wild raspberry flavors that gain a fine mineral note on the back end, turning earthier and with hints of tobacco on the long finish. Everything is in place. This is just lovely with richness and balance. 91pts
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5 Fattoria Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino (2012)
Comments: Floral, absolute perfumy and tense with fine raspberry fruit,mineral tones and vaguely herbal aromas. All this detail and complexity comes through on the palate as well. Rich and tense, there’s a lovely core of lovely red fruit, cherries and spice, her with with great acids and fine, angular tannins that are rough but not dry. Classic tannins that really linger on the long finish. 91pts
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6 Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino (2012)
Comments: Sweet and floral on the nose, with a blend of sweet and smoky newer wood and austere old wood tones. Fairly ripe on entry, this is smooth and polished with nice poise, lending finesse to the late arriving tart red fruits, mineral and herb flavors. Decidedly zesty and red fruited, this pulls of the neat trick of being modern and yet typical. 90pts
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7 Capanne Ricci Rosso di Montalcino (2012)
Comments: Taut, lean and minerally on the nose, turning very floral and feminine with just a bit of air. This is lovely in the mouth, elegant and fresh with lovely purity and clarity to the sweet tart red fruits. Featuring well judged tannins and supportive acids, this finishes with purity and good length in a cranberry fruited vein. Superbly drinkable. 90pts
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8 Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino (2012)
Comments: Smoky, earthy and laced with sour cherry fruit on the nose with hints of rosemary and coriander. On entry this is nice and bright, juicy and transparent with gentle hints of spice and flowers framing the core of raspberry and almost watermelon fruit. Everything is underpinned with fine ripe tannins that add length to the impressive finish. 90pts
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9 Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino (2011)
Comments: Deep and ripe and quite aromatic on the nose with wild cherry, tree bark, leather and beetroot all coming together with a hint of jamminess. With impressive energy and cut on the palate, this opens with really clear flavors of strawberry and cherry fruit that gain power on the palate but remain well defined. Nice ripe tannins and juicy acids bring everything together nicely. Perhaps a touch simple today but I can’t imagine this not improving. 90pts
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10 Corte Pavona Rosso di Montalcino (2011)
Comments: Liquory and deep on the nose, though it lacks a little lift but what is here is lovely, very Sangiovese in a dark, earthy vein. Voluptuous and rich on entry, there are some charry overtones here and some cocoa accents from time in wood but there’s also a gently softened and rounded palate impression with nice depth of flavor and good length on the finish. This lacks a little bit of detail but is really quite attractive. 90pts
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11 Castelli Martinozzi Rosso di Montalcino (2011)
Comments: A bit stinky on the nose, earthy, with lots of macerated herb and Chinato like aromas. This is a big wine, rich with earthy fruit accented with attractive minerality and textural verve.It’s a bit chunky but offers up lovely big cherry raspberry fruit with good austerity and length on the finish. perhaps inelegant today but baby Brunello all the way. 89pts
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  • 1469513Antoinette Nove I'm a fan of Salchetto's Rosso! Have you tried it yet?

  • 229582snoman Relatively small estate, but highly-regarded Innocenti is better than many Brunelli. About $25-30 when you can find it.

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