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2016 Castello ColleMassari Montecucco Riserva

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2016 Castello ColleMassari Montecucco Riserva

On Sale: $19.94  (was: $24.94)*

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"I found a lot to like throughout the range, but if I had to pick one, I’d save a few dollars, not shooting for the top shelf, but aiming to grab the 2016 Riserva, a beautifully balanced Sangiovese with just a touch of Ciliegiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon, which is sure to have a lot of fans over the next 8–10 years." - Vinous

Montecucco may not have the same name recognition as Chianti Classico, but these days it’s arguably seizing the crown when it comes to Tuscan Sangiovese value. “Classic in every way” (Vinous), this 94pt Riserva from Castello ColleMassari is priced like a house red at under 20 bucks, but it is a complex and ageworthy Sangiovese that we would be happy to stash away for a few years as well. A little digging shows how this relatively young estate in the foothills of Cinigiano manages to accomplish this. First, they have the oldest vines in the DOC (60 years old), and have been organically farmed since the beginning. Plus, ColleMassari also has the talents of Luca Marrone on board, the winemaker behind Brunello legend Poggio di Sotto, so little surprise that this property is hitting the stratosphere in recent vintages!

Montecucco is a newer DOC in the Maremma region, but the winemaking roots here are as old as Chianti. ColleMassari has been the definitive producer since the DOC was formed in 1998. Their winery is in an 8th century Castello founded by Cistercian monks, and their vineyards sit over a 1,000’ above sea level. ColleMassari has the sort of raw materials you’d expect from a historic producer in Chianti Classico, yet even compared to Chianti their Riserva is a serious value. Vinous called a recent vintage of their Riserva “one of Italy's best buys in red wine” and given today’s price, it’s your chance to have a 94pt Tuscan Riserva as your new house red.

94 points, Vinous: "The bouquet is savory yet slightly restrained in its youthful state, as notes of crushed raspberry give way to peppery floral and herbal tones, with a hint of spiced orange. On the palate, silky textures flood the senses with pure cherry and wild berry, as saline-minerals and fine tannins slowly settle in, kept lively through balanced acidity. The finish is long and structured with saturating dried red fruits resonating, turning more toward the savory spectrum, as youthful tannins clench the senses. The 2016 Colle Massari Montecucco Rosso Riserva is a blend of 80% Sangiovese with equal parts Ciliegiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s classic in every way and geared up for a long stay in the cellar."

*Offer publication date January 11, 2022. Pricing and availability subject to change.