Already appreciated and known with various denominations, Rosso di Montalcino acquired a precise identity and official recognition with its passage to DENOMINATION OF CONTROLLED ORIGIN (D.P.R. 25/11/83 and subsequent modifications).
A valid alternative for the producer, it is also one for the demanding consumer.
Rosso di Montalcino is harmonious, elegant, sapid, not overly exacting but a pleasant accompaniment. To look at is brilliant and limpid with a composite ruby colour; to the nose it has a good intensity and fragrance, in which one recognizes scents of fresh fruit.
To the taste it is harmonious and dry, with vigour and freshness and a good persistence. It is a particularly tempting
wine ready to be drunk. Not to be kept for long, a wine that prefers to be drunk in its youth even if it can be aged.
Accompaniments for Rosso di Montalcino
Its features are exalted by Tuscan dishes with their pure, clear-cut taste, but, equally, it can accompany and enhance the most varied dishes of international cuisine.
It goes well with dishes of medium structure, such as pasta with meat sauce, poultry, mushrooms or truffles, composite risottos; main courses of pork or veal with sauce.
It should be served in crystal glasses for red wines at a temperature of about 18°C.
Production Rules of Rosso di Montalcino
Rosso di Montalcino was recognized as a wine with DENOMINATION OF CONTROLLED ORIGIN by the D.P.R. 25/11/1983 with subsequent modifications.
The rules established by the disciplinary regulations in vigour according to the Decree of 7/6/1996 are as follows:
- Production area: Montalcino Township
- Variety: Sangiovese (also called “Brunello” in Montalcino)
- Maximum yield of grapes: 90 quintals per hectare
- Ratio of grape yield to wine: 70%
- Ready to be sold: 1rst September of the year following the harvest
- Colour: intense ruby red
- Odour: characteristic and intense perfume
- Taste: dry, warm and lightly tannic
- Minimum alcohol content: 12%
- Total minimum acidity: 5 per thousand
- Minimum net dry extract: 22 per thousand
- Bottling: can be done only within the production area
- Packaging: Rosso di Montalcino can be sold only if it is bottled in Bordelaise