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Rienzi Rosso di Montalcino 2003 Wine Review

Updated on July 9, 2013
Rienzi Rosso di Montalcino 2003
Rienzi Rosso di Montalcino 2003

Rienzi Rosso di Montalcino 2003

Rosso di Montalcino is a wine found in the heart of Italy's Tuscany region. Being the younger sister of Brunello di Montalicino, and is ready for the public to drink in 2-3 years, this particular Rosso is already ten years old. So I wanted to see if the Rosso di Montalcino had the ability to age compared to it's superior Brunello. Everyone talks about the how the Brunello has the ability to age gracefully in 10 years or more but few speak about Rosso being able to do the same even though they both come from the Sangiovese grape.

It was a medium body with a nice dark color, but light enough to see your finger on the other side of the glass. The aroma had a strong alcohol smell in the nose. Not a good sign for me. There were hints of dark fruit on the palette. The alcohol definitely overwhelmed the finish. In fact, it dominated the finish.

Alright, so here's the truth. I was at the wine store in downtown Manhattan and I saw this bottle Rienzi 2003 Rosso di Montalcino on sale for $9. Obviously, the price caught my attention and it also sent me a warning at the same time. The store seemed to have a surplus of this wine, which was kind of another "red flag" for me. Nonetheless, Rienzi is a well-known name in the wine world so I gave it a shot.

Many critics and wine educators say that you should be very careful if you see a high-quality wine like a Rosso di Montalcino priced so cheaply. A more reasonable price range for this respected wine would be $25. Since I'm a bit of a rebel, I didn't take their advice and they turned out to be right. I admit it. So the next time I see a Rosso di Montalcino, I will certainly be looking for one in the double digit price range. Like $15 and see if I get lucky. Ok, I'm stubborn. I admit it.

Wine Rating

1 star for Rienzi Rosso di Montalcino 2003

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