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Antico Colle Rosso di Montepulciano 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

A Tuscan classic! Deep ruby color with garnet reflections,its elegant bouquet of leather, black cherries, licorice and plums preludes a medium to full-bodied palate where ripe red fruit, got de terroir, subtle notes of vanilla and violets harmonize and linger, interlacing with the soft tannins and silky texture. Firm backbone, perfect integration of acidity and fruit, well rounded, medium finish. 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: Mr Dolce
3.00 5

Hosted our first Thanksgiving as a Wedded couple and served this wine in Jerabaum format. Alone, the wine is dry, but served with the variety of flavors of Thanksgiving, the Toscano pairs very well. An easy drinking wine with a pleasing non-discript structure, balancing the fantastic meal we prepared. The 3L bottle could have aged for quite a few more years to come.

Snooth User: jtryka
2.50 5

What a lovely evening, nice and cool, clear skies and a beautiful sunset...it's just too bad I've been busy as all get out today! Work, then the gym for an hour, then I stopped to pick up a chicken burrito for dinner from the local Qdoba (see not every day is a gourmet feast!) and now I'd just like a nice glass of vino to relax before I start all over again tomorrow! So tonight I've decided to open a bottle of what I consider a very wonderful everyday wine. Not a spectacular, special occasion type wine, but a nice wine that comes at a price that doesn't have you filling out mortgage applications should you decide to have more than a bottle a week! Click here for my full review: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2012/04/2007-monte-antico-toscana.html

Snooth User: mrsrhampton
4.00 5

Full, plush wine. Loads of berries, vanilla and soft tannins. Slight herbal quality. Very nice wine.

Snooth User: egon klimt
4.50 5

This wine just keeps getting better vintage after vintage! The '06 got the big press (Spectator Top 100) but I like the '07 more. There's just more interest here. From the elegant entry to the medium-full palate to the soft, floral finish, this wine gives me just what a Tuscan Sangiovese should; pure enjoyment! 93pts.

Snooth User: mcawrx
3.50 5

Great find - very drinkable - keep in stock for everyday and fallback. Copied this and agree"One of Italy's better values" The blend for Monte Antico is 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. The best selections are blended and aged 1 year in oak (80% in Slovenian barrels, 20% in barrique) with at least 6 months bottle age. This wine is consistently one of Italy’s better values.

Snooth User: northsideirish
3.00 5

A lighter wine, easy crowd pleaser

Snooth User: jeff burt
1.00 5

Bitter with vinegar taste.

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External Reviews for Antico Colle Rosso di Montepulciano

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A streak of foresty greenness offers the cushy, grapey fruit definition and direction, steering it towards beef braciole.

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A perpetual Best Buy and a frequent selection for the Top 100 lists, Monte Antico is a Tuscan gem that over delivers vintage after vintage. Made from a selection of grapes from Tuscany’s finest vineyard sites. A blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot, Monte Antico is Neil & Maria Empson’s tribute to Tuscany. Importers of exceptional Italian wines for over thirty years the Empsons have grown a strong affinity with Italian wines and its terroir. Maestro Franco Bernabei does the honors as winemaker, selecting the best lots, fermenting slowly and then aging the finished wine 1 year in oak (80% in Slavonian, 20% French) and at least 6 months in the bottle to achieve a graceful balance of voluptuous berry tones and a soft forward style that’s ideal with food. 90 points from James Suckling who said "Plenty of blackberry and chocolate character, with hints of plums. Full and very velvety with a bright and fruity finish. Always one of the best values in Tuscany. Delicious now."

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This wine is a joint effort of Italian wine maven Neil Empson and enologist superstar Franco Bernabei. Entirely Sangiovese from a host of vineyard sites; pepper, smoke and pure fruit dominate the aromas, while soft, charming flavors dance voluptuously in the mouth. Pull the cork for cheeses, pastas, meats and especially pizza.

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Italy still abounds with bargains - like this traditional Tuscan red for current drinking. Delicious, with its abundant plum, berry and mushroom character, medium body, velvety tannins and soft finish.

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A consistently well-made offering, this elegant, medium-bodied 100% Sangiovese offers sweet notes of strawberry and berry fruit. It is a perfect foil to bistro and trattoria-style cooking. Not big or woody, it is soft, and best consumed during its first 1-2 years of life.

External Review

Consistently one of Italy's better values, this wine is austere, but remains a fine bargain. Made from 100% Sangiovese, it exhibits a medium dark ruby color in addition to a bouquet of sweet saddle leather, earth, herbs, black cherries, and licorice-infused plums. Medium-bodied, round, spicy, and straightforward, it will provide attractive drinking over the next 2-3 years.

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There are a whopping 50,000 cases of this wine made by the renowned wine-making consultant, Franco Bernabei. Monte Antico has been a frequent visitor to the "best buy" pages of this journal. The 1997 is an excellent value. The dark ruby color is accompanied by copious quantities of sweet strawberry and cherry jam notes intermixed with a touch of saddle leather and dried herbs. Medium-bodied and round, with a supple texture and excellent purity, this is a delicious 100% Sangiovese that should have immense appeal for consumers who are trying to stretch their purchasing power. It should drink well for 2-4 years.

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Tasting Notes:

Deep 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.

<p>This dark ruby wine features fruity and spicy notes of black cherry, plum, licorice, earth, and herbs. Medium to full-bodied and round on the palate. Recommended to pair with meat, poultry, cheese, pasta, or risotto.</p>

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