James Suckling 91
"A very pretty but serious Rosso di Montepulciano that shows fresh raspberries, rose petals, frozen strawberries, cherry compote and some tar. Medium body, round and juicy tannins and a medium-chewy finish. Drink now and enjoy this succulent red!"~JS
"While this wine is younger than the Vino Nobile, it still has nice structure and the ability to age for at least five years. Montepulciano stands on a height at the southern extremity of the Chiana Valley in the province of Siena. An ancient legend has it that Montepulciano was founded at the orders of the Etruscan king Porsenna. From its earliest origins, Montepulciano was linked with wine, as is indicated by a red-figure cylix (wine goblet) that was made in the Chiusi area. The cup is decorated with the figure of Flufluns, the Etruscan Bacchus or god of wine, who is shown, in company with a maenad, playing cottabos, a game in which drops of wine are flipped at a special target."
"Vivid ruby red color. Intense and fine bouquet on the nose with notes of wild black cherry, violet and slight vanilla undertone. On the palate it is well-balanced and elegant with a slight initial tannic note. Ideal with appetizers, first course dishes with meat sauces, stuffed pasta or casserole dishes and grilled red meats."~Winery Notes
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Acquired in 1978 by Saiagricola, the Fattoria del Cerro estate was already an established part of the Montepulciano winemaking community and under the Baiocchi family, who founded the estate in 1922. This long-standing tradition allowed Fattoria del Cerro to play a major role in the renaissance this area experienced with the creation of the DOCG appellations in 1980. Fattoria del Cerro emerged from this transitional period as one of the foremost producers of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Today, the estate is comprised of 1,485 acres of land. In addition to olive groves, wooded areas and fields, there are 230 acres of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano vineyards, 90 acres of Rosso di Montepulciano vineyards, 50 acres of Chianti Colli Senesi vineyards and 52 acres of other varietal vineyards. The state-of-the-art winery produces 850,000 bottles of wine every year.