I am pleased by one of the latest releases of Fornacina for the 2014 Fornacina, Rosso di Montalcino is a perfect follow up to the savory 2013 vintage. The 2014 vintage is particularly lively with plenty of juicy, almost rugged fruit supported by a very fine supportive structure. I enjoyed it youthful state but some might want the tannins to mellow for another year or two. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2014 Fornacina, Rosso di Montalcino – $18
This wine is 100% Sangiovese fermented in stainless steel then aged in Slavonian oak. Alcohol 14.5%. The nose is of moderately deep plums. In the mouth there is an almost prickly start making for a lively entry of tart red fruit then black fruit. The structure is obvious throughout leaving a layer of very fine tannins on the gums. With air the wine builds a ripe, juicy start followed by a mulberry middle and firm, stone accented finish. *** Now – 2023.
I may spend my nights dreaming about old bottles of wine but I typically spend the evenings before drinking young wines. Most recently I have focused in on Italian wines. What can I write but that the group featured in today’s post is thoroughly enjoyable with a few wines exciting. The most approachable wines are the 2006 Castello D’Alboa, Chianti Classico Riserva and the 2013 Tua Rita, Rosso Dei Notri, Tuscany. This is a contrasting pair for the former is a traditional, restrained Chianti and the later is a forward, almost-strapping Super Tuscan. Straddling the line between a current drinker and one for the cellar is the 2007 D’Angelo, Caselle, Aglianico del Vulture. It exhibits an attractive mix of savory flavors, minerals, and spices. Two Rosso di Montalcino priced around $20 per bottle deserve a place in your wine rack. The 2012 Caparzo, Rosso di Montalcino and the 2013 Rodolfo Cosini, Terra Rossa, Rosso di Montalcino. Worthy of slumbering in your cellar is the 2013 Montevetrano, Core, Campania. Though completely shut down on the first night, this wine eventually releases complex aromas and minerally, black fruit in the mouth. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2006 Castello D’Albola, Chianti Classico Riserva – $24
Imported by Zonin. Alcohol 13%. The slightly meaty aromas of red fruit revealed a shy hint of maturity. In the mouth the blacker fruit firmed up with air. This traditional wine has a gentle flavor, watering acidity, and a firm existence. It is less ripe, instead the cherry flavors match the tannins that take hold of the inside of the gums. This will never be lush, instead always lithe. *** Now – 2023.
2007 D’Angelo, Caselle, Aglianico del Vulture – $24
Imported by Grappoli Imports. Alcohol 13%. The savory, weighty start brought forth blacker fruits that build up levels of spices and minerals until lipsticky, red fruit came out. The cool seamless acidity is matched by drying tannins from the start, wrapping up with citric notes on the gums. Strong potential here. ***(*) Now -2025.
2012 Caparzo, Rosso di Montalcino – $19
Imported by Vineyard Brands. This wine is 100% Sangiovese aged for 1 year in Slavonian oak casks. Alcohol 13.5%. The deep, fruity aromas on the nose are followed by the young and strong flavors in the mouth. The fruit is surrounded by ripe tannins, at first showing more forward black fruit and minerals but with air the wine becomes more structured. It clearly shows dark potential with both integrated acidity and tannins. Strong potential. *** Now – 2015.
2013 Montevetrano, Core, Campania – $23
Imported by Winebow. This wine is 100% Anglianico that was fermented in stainless steel then aged for 10 months in oak barriques. Alcohol 13.5%. After much air the nose oscillates between leather and earthy aromas to a little sweaty, complex bitters aromas. In the mouth the young wine eventually released minerally, black fruit, dry structure, and an engaging mix of liquor and wood in the finish. Will be quite good but needs time to show its best. ***(*) 2018-2028.
2013 Rodolfo Cosini, Terra Rossa, Rosso di Montalcino – $21
Imported by Enotec. This wine is 100% Sangiovese that spent one year in medium oak barrels. Alcohol 13.5%. There were hints of leather on the nose followed by riper, more extracted flavors in the mouth. More potent in the mouth there are hints of cream and polished wood. Overall this exhibits more minerality than fruit. *** Now – 2025.
2013 Tua Rita, Rosso Dei Notri, Tuscany – $18
Imported by Winebow. This wine is a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged for three months in both stainless steel tanks and barriques. Alcohol 14%. There are good, fruity flavors of licorice and a bit of red fruit supported by black fruit. The ripe flavors are moderated by puckering acidity on the tongue tip that morphs into a hind of modern, creamy, roundness in the finish. The drier finish brings out baking spices, and a camphor-like aftertaste. Overall, this wine has a youthful fruit profile with enough concentration to develop for a few years. *** Now – 2022.
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.
I am nearing completion of my post for the Wine and the Sea Symposium so my attention must be diverted there. Do not be surprised by some very simple posts focused on my tasting notes. My favorite wine of this group was the 2008 Duca Di Salaparuta, Passo Delle Mule, Nero D’Avola, Sicily. It has a bit of everything, tasted Sicilian, and is attractively priced. The 2012 Fatalone, Teres, Primitivo, Puglia was much lighter and less complex than the 2008 vintage. Still it is a perfect wine to drink right now. The 2011 Cantina Nals Margreid, Galea, Schiava, Alto Adige is another wine to drink right now, quite nice for the price. The 2007 Cappellano, Gabutti, Dolcetto D’Alba and 2011 Roagna, Dolcetto D’Alba were definitely enjoyable on the first night. They both showed a rather promising future, enough so that we tasted them again on the second night. They both completely fell apart. I would cellar these for another year or two before trying and when you do, drink them up in one sitting. These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.
1999 Rocca di Montegrossi, Geremia, Tuscany – $30
Imported by Bacchus Importers. This wine is a blend of 93% Sangiovese and 7% Merlot which was matured for 13-15 months in medium toast barriques. Alcohol 14%. Blue and black fruits, which still play it somewhat close. It held up well with air, showing integration from bottle age but just a hint of complexity from maturity. No rush to drink but I cannot image it will get any more complex. ** Now-2018.
2012 Fatalone, Teres, Primitivo, Puglia – $16
Imported by Williams Corner Wines. Alcohol 13.5%. The color was a very light orange-red. There were lighter weight but flavorful ripe red fruit and citrus flavors on the sides of the tongue. It was a gentle wine. The flavors turn even lighter towards the finish, where they also become less complex. There was a certain, smooth feel, a hint of yeast, and soft finish. This was very much a drink now wine with a hint of stones. ** Now-2014.
2011 Cantina Nals Margreid, Galea, Schiava, Alto Adige – $13
Imported by the County Vintner. Alcohol 13%. There was minerally red fruit with a hint of black fruit which was completely integrated with the acidity and very moderate tannins. It was slightly tangy. A satisfying wine. ** Now-2016.
2009 Santa Lucia, Vigna del Melograno, Nero di Troia, Castel del Monte – $14
Imported by de Grazia Imports. This wine is 100% Nero di Troia which was aged for 12 months in large oak casks. Alcohol 14%. There was a light nose of tar. In the mouth were compact black fruits, powdery stones, more black fruit, and chalky drying tannins which stuck to the gums and inside of cheeks. There was tangy and salivating acidity at the end and some smoke. It remained compact but pleasing in its delivery. ** Now-2018.
2007 Cappellano, Gabutti, Dolcetto D’Alba – $23
Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections. Alcohol 13%. There was an earthy start with a touch of wood box. There were firm, drying tannins with a more significant Pilsner aftertaste on the second night. It was tart and acidic but seemed to have a core of good flavor. Much better on first night. ** 2014-2019.
2011 Roagna, Dolcetto D’Alba – $17
Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections. Alcohol 12.5%. The nose bore a mixture of herbs, bitters, and blacker fruit. The wine was young on the first night with interesting potential. But on the second night it had tart fruit, simple flavors, lots of acidity, and woodsy tannins. It was stemmy and bitters-like in the finish. ** 2014-2019.
2008 Duca Di Salaparuta, Passo Delle Mule, Nero D’Avola, Sicily – $17
Imported by Wine Cellars Limited. Alcohol 13.5%. The flavors were a little darker, with riper fruit leaning towards red and black flavors. The acidity was on the tongue tip, less obvious and certainly not on the sides. It had good body, orange citrus notes, grapey density, and was good and lively. There was a fine polished wood note. **(*) Now-2019.
2007 Duca Di Salaparuta, Lavico, Nerello Mascalese, Sicily – $17
Imported by Wine Cellars Limited. Alcohol 13%. There was a familiar nose followed by tangy red fruit and acidity on the sides of the tongue. The tannins were mostly resolved into the grapey, red berry fruit. With air the flavors took on more pungent, black fruit, and they also became saltier. It also took on more power and structure in the finish. ** Now-2018.
These two wines are quite good, delivering tasty personality for the money. The San Polo is drinking very well right now whereas the Tasca d’Almerita should be cellared a few years before drinking. Jenn even asked if we could make the San Polo one of our house wines. Recommended by Jenn and myself both of these wines are available at MacArthurs.
2009 Poggio San Polo, Rubio, Rosso di Montalcino- $12
A Leonardo Lacascio Selections imported by Winebow. This wine is mostly Sangiovese with a few other varietals sourced from soils containing calcium and clay. It is aged for 12 months in large French oak casks. The nose contains dark red fruit, notes of coffee, and a hint of vanilla. There is a good initial mouthfeel as saline flavors of ripe fruit mix with a dark fruity characteristic. The dark fruit has a strong racy, stone component in the middle before turning tarter in the finish. The acidity causes the sides of the tongue to salivate as ripe, fine-medium tannins make way to a textured aftertaste of fresh, puckering fruit. This is a strong value that is drinking well right now but will last for the short-term.
2009 Tasca d’Almerita, Nero d’Avola, Lamuri, Sicily – $16
A Leonardo Lacascio Selections imported by Winebow. This wine is 100% Nero d’Avola sourced from the Regaleali estate which is located towards the center of Sicily. The vineyards are 10-15 year old vines, located on hills at 450-750 meters, with sandy soils. The wine is aged for 12 months in 20% new and 80% 2nd and 3rd use French barriques. There are black cherry flavors which are a bit tart, a powdery sweetness, and hints of sweet spice. With air the tart fruit is consistent throughout with the long aftertaste sporting darker red fruit. The wine leaves impressions of clean and focused fruit. This is a bit young so I would cellar this for a few years before drinking.