Colle Massari Montecucco Rosso Riserva
Ruby red color with intense nose. Hints of blackberry, violet, clove and cinnamon. Round and soft on the palate, the fruit is well-balanced by the acidity. Goes with braised and roasted red meat, game, and aged cheese.
$40.00 / Bottle $480.00 / Case
In 1999, Claudio Tipa founded Colle Massari in the Southern part of Tuscany known as Maremma. The estate is located in the Montecucco DOC, an area nestled between two important wine districts: Brunello di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano. Thus far 100 acres have been planted, primarily with Sangiovese but also with Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Vermentino and Ciliegiolo.
Claudio has also built a futuristic 65,000 square-foot cellar conforming to strict bio-climatic engineering principles. The grapes are sorted by hand and sent by gravity to the high-tech cellar located below the sorting court. After vinification, the wine flows into the modern, underground barrel room to age in wooden casks and barriques. During their journey, grapes and wine move by gravitational forces, thereby avoiding the use of pumps or mechanical equipment. The consulting enologist is Maurizio Castelli, a traditionalist specializing in Sangiovese and international varietals.
Montecucco Rosso Riserva is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Ciliegiolo. Ciliegiolo is a typical varietal from "Maremma" primarily used for blending It has big and juicy berries that add fruitiness and freshness to Sangiovese. Malolactic fermentation is followed by 18 months in barriques, half of which are new.