Talenti Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy)


Every so often, areas of Italy seem to go through an identity crisis. Spurred by the success of brands like Sassicaia and other “Super-Tuscans” the debate of relaxing production laws to include a international varieties grapes is one that rages on throughout the country.

This happened not so long ago in Montalcino where it was mooted to create 3 quality tiers in order to allow for the lowest to contain international varieties. The motion failed to pass which means all Rosso di Montalcino must be 100% Sangiovese, and based on Talenti’s example it’s all the better for it.

The Talenti estate is located just south of Montalcino, close to the small medieval village of San Angelo in Colle. Ricardo Talenti is the current winemaker who has overseen many improvements over the last few years in both the vineyards and cellar since taking over from his grandfather Pierluigi.

From Talenti’s younger vines, the Rosso di Montalcino goes through a hands-off, traditional winemaking process, before being aged for 12 months in old oak barrels to soften and mellow the Sangiovese fruit character. With its prominent red and black cherry, leather and earthy characters, ripe, firm tannins and bright, mouth-watering acidity, this is a classic representation of the wines of Montalcino.

It is distinctive, unmistakeably-Tuscan wines such as these that are the strongest advocates of maintaining current production laws.

Rob Pickard
1st September 2011

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