2010 Basile Montecucco Sangiovese Cartacanta DOC

2010 Basile Montecucco Sangiovese Cartacanta DOC 428 427 David Rosengarten

wine for the weekend

“The weekend? That’s five days away!” PRECISELY! Every Monday from now on I’ll be offering you in this space one of the amazing, food-loving wines I’ve chosen to import (after significant globe-scouring)!
The wine will take a few days to arrive at your house—so order now, and next weekend’s parties are set! Please note: I will also continue to recommend great wines to you that are not my imports…every Wednesday, right here, on WINE WEDNESDAY!


2010 Basile Montecucco Sangiovese Cartacanta DOC ($15)cartacanta-montecucco-doc-rouge

In January 2013, I had a wonderful opportunity in Siena, Italy. Knowing that I was on the hunt for Tuscan wines from off-beat denominaziones, local organizers put together a tasting for me—in a Renaissance castle!—of hundreds of Tuscan reds. It was a long day, but a great one. And the greatest part was that I discovered the wines of Basile.

Basile, owned by Giovan Basile, a Neapolitan who moved to Tuscany, situated himself in a region practically unknown to Americans: Montecucco, not too far from the area that makes Brunello di Montalcino.  And the Montecucco wines, indeed—usually made from Sangiovese, in a rocky, mountainous area—are firm and Brunello-like.

But at Basile, some of the wines include a dollop of Merlot; when Giovan planted Merlot vines in Montecucco, he gambled that a little Merlot would “round out” Montecucco. He was right! Happily, the local laws allow him to make this addition (to the tune of 10%), and still call the wine Montecucco Sangiovese DOC.

The 2010 just arrived in the U.S., and it is delicious. The nose offers up a ripe plummy-ness, with a touch of the leather and earth that Tuscan Sangiovese develops with age. Rich, fruity palate, a touch of sweetness on entry—but grows into an elegant, sophisticated wine, with just a touch of structure registering in the finish.

I love this as a winter-weight wine with balance! It’s hard to imagine a meat stew, or anything roasted in the oven, that would not reverberate with it. And, if you’re thinking before the meal—this is a lovely wine for salumi and Parmigiano-Reggiano!

Happy holidays!

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2010 Basile Montecucco Sangiovese Cartacanta DOC is available via our friends at WineCellerage.com.


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