The Really Real from Tuscany
Pietranera Rosso di Montalcino 2009
I fell hard for Pietranera in Tuscany last year. Was easy to do when you have the gorgeous sights, aromas and flavors of Tuscan reality at your fingertips. For I was fortunate enough to make a journey to this estate, one that is a throwback to the times when (surprise, surprise) folks didn't add Merlot to their Sangiovese...Or use spinning cones and micro-oxygenation to make the wines more plush and polished. No this is a place where all one sees are large oak casks, pretty strict adherence to the traditional methods of Brunello production and the most classic expression of Sangiovese Grosso, the Brunello clone. In 2009, their Rosso di Montalcino is smoking good; one of the realest versions of Rosso, so supple, drinkable and textbook.
Joe Bembry, Wine Director
56 Degree Wine