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Deep ruby color w/garnet hues; elegant bouquet: leather, black cherries, licorice + plums; medium to full palate wher...Read more...
I picked this bottle up at Costco and have to say that I rarely pour out a bottle of wine, but couldn't stand this bottle. It has a wonderful jammy... Read more
Rating 86 Akltough the nose is long and complex the excessive fruit acid makes this wine unbalanced. the underlying structure is very good. I con... Read more
Very easy drinking, with a terrific nose. Nice fruit, but not jammy at all, with tannins to give it a pleasant bite. Kind of earthy with a bit of a... Read more
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I picked this bottle up at Costco and have to say that I rarely pour out a bottle of wine, but couldn't stand this bottle. It has a wonderful jammy bouquet, but has no body. There was very little taste and it imparted a bitter, almost sour taste on the back of my tongue. I put it in the decanter and tried it again today, but nothing seemed to help. After looking at the other reviews here I'll try it again as people seemed to like it, and will change my review if on 2nd taste my opinion changes.
Rating 86 Akltough the nose is long and complex the excessive fruit acid makes this wine unbalanced. the underlying structure is very good. I considered this not to be a bargain !!
Very easy drinking, with a terrific nose. Nice fruit, but not jammy at all, with tannins to give it a pleasant bite. Kind of earthy with a bit of an herbal thing going on. I would probably pair this with a slightly sweet red sauce and pasta. Or maybe grilled lamb. Terrific QPR at $10 or so.
I could taste the grapes individually. The next day, the blend was there along with an incredibly dry mouth feel. Water chaser needed on day 2.
Cedar/oak nose. Light but well balanced. Recommend and would serve. Make sure dish doesn't overwhelm wine.
Bright cherries on the nose with a bit of herbs. Plum and violets flavors, with good tannins and an herbaciousness towards the end, although the short finish falls short of pushing this into the 90s.
A little spice in the pleasant aroma. Some juicy sweetness up front, with a dash of prune and bruised grapes. The finish is moderately tart with some warmth. Like Coastalcorks said, the tannins are pretty light and it is nice with pasta - that is how I tried it too.
External Reviews for Monte Antico Rosso
Number 61 on Wine Spectator's prestigious Top 100 Wines of 2009. Made from a selection of 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 terrior. Maestro Franco Bernabei does the honors as winemaker, selecting the best grape 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. Wine Spectator scored this wine 90 points saying "Bright plum, dried cherry, and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a refined berry and cherry flavors. Drink now."
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.
Deep ruby color w/garnet hues; elegant bouquet: leather, black cherries, licorice + plums; medium to full palate where ripe red fruit, gout de terroir, subtle notes of vanilla + violets harmonize and linger, interlacing w/the soft tannins + silky texture. Firm backbone, ideal balance.
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