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Mocali 'Rosso di Montalcino' Sangiovese 2018
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This is a red wine imageMocali 'Rosso di Montalcino' Sangiovese 2018

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James Suckling 91
"A red with cherry and walnut character. Some bark, too. Its medium-bodied with pretty fruit and a spicy finish. Drink or hold."

Wine Advocate 88
"Opening to dark fruit and dried cherry, the 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a plump and satisfying expression of Tuscany's Sangiovese, with 35,000 bottles produced. There is sweet cherry and blueberry fruit, and enough of it to build a soft, fruit-forward mouthfeel for your favorite pappardelle recipe."

Vinous Media 88
"Bright deep ... read more
This is a red wine
Item ID: #41016
Shelf at store:47a
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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James Suckling 91
"A red with cherry and walnut character. Some bark, too. Its medium-bodied with pretty fruit and a spicy finish. Drink or hold."

Wine Advocate 88
"Opening to dark fruit and dried cherry, the 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is a plump and satisfying expression of Tuscany's Sangiovese, with 35,000 bottles produced. There is sweet cherry and blueberry fruit, and enough of it to build a soft, fruit-forward mouthfeel for your favorite pappardelle recipe."

Vinous Media 88
"Bright deep red. Round and fleshy, offering aromas and flavors of red fruit and herbs. Firms up on the medium-long finish.
-- Ian D'Agata"

The Wine
100 Sangiovese Grosso grown in marl and limestone soils. All estate-owned fruit! Fermentation takes place in stainless steel and malolactic fermentation is carried out in wood. The wine is then matured for 12 months in large French-oak barrels called botti, followed by additional aging in bottle for 7 months before release.

Tasting Notes
Colored and intense, ruby red with garnet reflections, the Rosso di Montalcino has a finely intense nose with fragrant aromas of small, fresh fruits. On the palate it is delicately dry with aromatic, long-lasting flavors.

The Estate
Before the town of Montalcino achieved the fame by which we now know it, a small group of 25 vignerons banded together to form a consortium that would eventually become an international symbol of the high quality of Tuscan (and Italian) wine. Dino Ciacci, the founder of the Mocali estate, was one of these 25 vignerons who, in 1967, founded the Corsorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. The consorzio now boasts over 200 producers, but the original members share a special honor: they believed in the terroir of Montalcino well before the rest of the world caught on. At the time, and like other estates in Montalcino, the Mocali farm grew grapes alongside grain, as well as having sheep to make cheese and olive groves for the production of oil. The farm remained diversified like this into the 1980s. But in 1985, a terrible frost decimated the population of olive trees in Italy, hitting hard in Montalcino. Tiziano Ciacci, Dinos grandson, was just married to Alessandra Mililotti and looking to start his career. While his father and grandfather had only grown grapes for sale and made simple wine for local consumption, Tiziano and Alessandra set their sights on bottling their own wine. Rather than replant the olive groves, they would replace them with vineyards for the production of Brunello.

The first vintage of Mocali Brunello was 1990 quite an auspicious start! Back then, average production was just 500 cases, but today, Tiziano and Alessandra farm 20 hectares in Montalcino and make about 5000 cases of Brunello. In 2000, the couple replenished their olive groves with a purchase just outside Montalcino in Monticello Amiata. And in 2001, they bought 20 hectares of land in the Maremma, in Magliano in Toscana. Here they produce a delicious Morellino di Scansano and also have an olive grove. Despite their growth, the estate is still family-run. Tiziano and Alessandras daughter, Pamela, has recently joined the business, and together they oversee all aspects of production.

Mocali has always followed a traditional style of winemaking, aging their Brunello classico in only large French and Slavonian oak casks, and the wine has found a following far beyond the borders of Italy. In 1996, looking to expand upon their enormous success at Mocali, they resurrected what had been a neighboring farm and started production of the Poggio Nardone label. Poggio Nardone became an outlet for a more modern expression of Brunello: whereas the Mocali wines age exclusively in large oak cask, Poggio Nardone Brunello ages in 500 liter casks, about 1/4 of which are renewed each year.

Farming Practice:Sustainable

Mocali

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MocaliThe Mocali estate, acquired by the Ciacci family (distant relations to Ciacci Piccolomini) in the 1950s, is a setting of natural Tuscan beauty where vineyards and olive groves alternate with oak and pine forests. This harmony of man and nature comes through in the delicious, ripe and balanced wines produced here, available at prices that are incredibly low when compared to those of the more established producers of Montalcino. The wines are particularly approachable when young, well-structured with ample body and an elegant, minerally character distinct to this growing area.

Situated to the southwest of Montalcino at an altitude of 300-350 meters above sea-level on the slopes facing Castiglione del Bosco, the Mocali estate is comprised of 32 hectares, 6 of which are specialized vineyards (5 Hectares of Sangiovese grosso), and 4 dedicated to olive groves. As over half of the estate is covered by a vegetation characteristic to the hill on which Montalcino stands, the vineyards and olive groves alternate with a landscape of woodland of ilex, oak and arbutus. The soil is rendered highly mineral; salt owing to the presence of marl and limestone. Not being overly large, the Mocali estate lies under family management with the consultation of an expert oenologist.

Farming Practice:Sustainable

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