La Torre Rosso Di Montalcino
The Rosso di Montalcino: is aged for 18 months in large oak casks of French origin with about 10% of the ultimate cuvée being aged in small French barrels. The vines for this wine also face full-south. One thousand or so cases of the Rosso di Montalcino are produced annually. The wine’s fruit is incredibly pure on the palate, and there is no mistaking the Sangiovese for something else. The color is ruby red and the nose is ripe with notes of violet and tobacco. It is medium bodied and ethereal. The wine is precise with light tannins on the finish. The tannins are youthful but pleasant. Certified organic in 2015. It is bold and structured and pairs well with Beef and Venison.
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The Anania family originally comes from Calabria in the south of Italy where they farmed for many years producing a fine “bufala mozzarella” among other agricultural products. Giuseppe Anania, the father of Luigi Anania, the present owner and producer of the wines of La Torre, purchased the La Torre property in 1976. The estate is located in the commune of La Sesta, approximately 8 kilometers south of Montalcino in the highest altitude section of the Brunello appellation, quite near to the lovely village of San Angelo in Colle. The first vintage at La Torre was the fabled 1982 which set a fine precedent for the future work.
The estate comprises 36 hectares of which 5.6 hectares are devoted to the vine.The vineyards are planted almost entirely to the Sangiovese Grosso grape and have a full southern and southwestern exposure. Small parcels of Ciliegiolo and Alicante complete the mix of grape varieties.Wines from three appellations are produced: Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino, and Rosso di Toscano and Rosso di Toscano “Ampelio”.
The vineyards, at approximately 1500 feet above sea level, are divided into four squares and are harvested, by hand, separately in late September through early October under normal conditions.All grapes are destemmed prior to fermentation. Only indigineous yeasts are used.All wines at the estate are bottled by gravity and are not filtered.
The wine won a gold award for the Internationaler Bioweinpreis in 2020. The Internationaler Bioweinpreis is a German competition exclusively for certified organic wine from around the world.