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Two Italian Wines That Will Benefit From Some Age


These two wines both require short-term aging.  This was the first bottle we have drunk from Montesecondo.  From an estate that has undergone a large transformation over the last decade, this is a wine worth following.  If you do purchase a bottle then stick it in the cellar instead of pulling the cork!  We were first introduced to Ronchi de Manzano just last month when we drank the good 2009 Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso.  The Brauros bears some similarities due to the purple flavors, pepper notes, and cool aspect but reveals more structure.  If you are new to this producer or region then I would recommend you first purchase the less expensive Refosco before trying this selection.  These two wines are currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

2010 Azienda Agricola Montesecondo, Toscana Rosso IGT – $19
Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections.  This wine is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Canaiolo sourced from biodynamically farmed 15-year-old vines, fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for 12 months in oak.  There was a light nose.  In the mouth the gently, structured red fruit was elegantly balanced with prickly acidity on the tongue, sticky tannins on the roof of the mouth, and a hint of spice.  This need one to two years of development to realize its potential.  **(*) 2014-2017. Find it at Add to Cart.

2008 Azienda Agricola Ronchi di Manzano, Brauros, Rosazzo Rosso, Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC – $22
Imported by Williams Corner Wine.  This is a blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 33% Refosco.  The fruit is sourced from vineyards planted in the 1970s on the hills of Rosazzo where there are marln and sandstone soils.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for nine months in small French oak casks.  There was a young nose of purple fruit and a suggestion of pepper.  In the mouth the tight purple fruit makes way to tart red flavors with a fine texture, tannins, and a cool inkiness.  The drying tannins mix with a touch of sweet spice and spicy quality.  There was serious intent for this wine to age.  **(*) 2015-2019.

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