James Suckling 92
Aromas of licorice and dark berries with hints of spices and cherries. Full body, tight and mildly chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold. Better in 2020.~JS
"This is the most classic and the most famous wine produced by Fattoria del Cerro. 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 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 were flipped at a special target."
"Vivid ruby red color and good concentration. Intense, fragrant nose with evident fruity notes of black cherry and currant, together with undertones of violet and vanilla. Full bodied and well balanced sip with silky tannins and a long tasty finish. Excellent with grilled red and white meats, roasts and aged cheeses."~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.