2012 Salicutti Rosso di Montalcino Sorgente
Salicutti Rosso di Montalcino Sorgente is a beautiful red wine gem from the acclaimed 2012 vintage, scoring a 94-point rating from Antonio Galloni! Considered the king of Tuscan wines and one of the most renowned and long-lived red wines of Italy, Brunello and its sibling Rosso are produced from a specific strain of Sangiovese (Sangiovese Grosso) grown in the unique microclimate surrounding the Tuscan town of Montalcino. Podere Salicutti is a gem of an estate located in Montalcino and one of the leading figures in the tiny, yet burgeoning “Natural Wine” movement in the Brunello appellation. It is run meticulously by Francesco Leanza, who left his career as a chemical engineer in Rome to dedicate himself full-time to Podere Salicutti in 1995. The entire Salicutti estate comprises 11 acres –just over four of which are planted to vine. Sorgente, the vineyard above the winery, is used for the Rosso di Montalcino. Organic viticulture is extremely important to Leanza, and much of the vineyard work is done by hand with the use of machines kept to a minimum to preserve the life of the soils. Leanza was the first producer in Montalcino to be certified organic.
Salicutti Rosso di Montalcino is aged in 10HL tonneaux – 20% of which is new – it then goes into the bottle for at least six months before release. Leanza’s style impeccably balances power and elegance, and the wines have almost a Burgundian sense of style and grace on the palate. Given the tiny production, Salicutti’s wines are sought after, and for good reason-- they have the stuffing to develop with age in the cellar though they have an elegance that makes them tempting to drink on release as well. The wine is intense ruby red in color, full in body with firm tannins and ripe fruit. This Rosso has a complex and balanced nose, showing aromas of red berries and anise with notes of chocolate and spice. Rich, long and complex on the finish.
Enjoy Salicutti Rosso di Montalcino Sorgente with osso bucco, lasagna, eggplant Parmesan, and cheeses.
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