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2006 Rosso di Montalcino, Querce Bettina, Tuscany

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I heard a lot of things about 2006 being such a good vintage for Montalcino wines. The tone being that even some of the more basic Rosso di Montalcino wines can be considered top notch, rivaling Brunellos from weaker vintages.

Well, I was curious about that statement and bought this recommended 2006 Querce Bettina Rosso di Montalcino hoping it will blow me away for little money (12,90 Eur). I don’t know the winery at all and I am really not a big connoisseur of Italian wines in general, so it’s hard for me to put things into perspective, ie have an opinion about a particular Italian vintage, and even less compared to another vintage.

But let’s see what we got here anyway:

Very dark color. An intense nose of ripe fruit, foremost black cherries, a sweet edge reminding Marzipan, also something vegetal going on which makes me think of confit tomatoes. A beguiling nose.

Palate: more than medium weight of medium weight but with a backbone of fine grained tannins which are rustic at first, but softening very fast. It quickly appears dense and velvety. Still, there is quite some power poking your back palate, also with slight alcoholic warmth but nothing too overdone. In general, there’s a  definite sweetness in the wine, represented by a basket full of ripe black cherries. Notes of leather, withered flowers and spice add complexity and probably account for that typical Brunello note one might seek.

The wine is very ripe but still shows balance through a juicy acidity which also holds for some freshness in the finish. A good bite of tannin is also notable at this stage.

The wine is a joy to drink now. One can pop and pour it, but has to make sure to drink it out of big glasses. Otherwise a short decant would be required.

And for 12,90 Eur, this is a very good value indeed ! But you also have to like the ultraripe Italian style.

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