A contrasting pair of Rosso di Montalcino from Fornacina and Capanna
I had it on my mind for some time to drink a few bottles of Rosso di Montalcino for my experience with these wines is severely lacking. I finally satisfied my curiosity this week when I opened up the 2013 Fornacina, Rosso di Montalcino and 2010 Capanna, Rosso di Montalcino. The Fornacina proved quite open, even effusive with traditional aromas and flavors. I really liked it! Not only is is attractive but the price seems unreal. Both of these wines are quite big, though not out of balance, with alcohol to match. They easily stood up to drinking over two nights which is a good thing because my perspective on the Capanna completely changed. It was quite mute on the first night but far more interesting on the second night. It is from the outstanding 2010 vintage and I believe will shine several years from now. My recommendation is to drink the Fornacina while the Capanna ages. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2013 Fornacina, Rosso di Montalcino – $18
This wine is 100% Sangiovese. Alcohol 15%. The nose was slightly earthy with more piercing and smokey flavors than fruity. In the mouth the flavors had a ripe edge with weight before tense and tart, perhaps mulberry, flavors came out. The wine became savory and expansive with air and always maintained a bit of a rugged finish. The wine was a cloud of flavor with a ripe, textured aftertaste. *** Now – 2020.
2010 Capanna, Rosso di Montalcino – $24
Imported by Masciarelli Wine Co. This wine is 100% Sangiovese that was vinified in stainless steel then aged for 1 year in Slavonian oak casks. Alcohol 14.5%. There attractive aromas of dried tobacco leaf, bramble berry, and leather. In the mouth were rounder, more polished flavors of brighter red fruit. The were certainly more of a structured nature for development, compactness, and a hint of tobacco. With air this showed good savory concentration and black fruit with acidity and tannins spot-on. **(*) 2017-2027.