Even in Tuscany, sometimes you’ll get a great young, fresh wine, and sometimes the older vintages and reserve wines are better. Montecucco is a relatively new denominated region in southern Tuscany which has produced DOC-level wines in its area since 1998.

Later, Montecucco Sangiovese was awarded a separate DOCG status, the highest in Italy, in 2011. These DOCG wines are definitely some to watch…and to drink, of course.

Recently I sampled a bottle of the 2015 Amantis Sangiovese Riserva DOCG, which is made with 100% sangiovese grapes, and it struck me as great example of a wine that was a cross between Brunello and Chianti, with delightful elements of both. Flowers and fruit wafted up from the glass as soon as I poured it out. The wine is hearty yet somewhat refined, with good fruit, well-integrated tannins and moderate acidity too.

Pair it with roasts – red meat or beyond.

WHO: Azienda Agricola Amantis

WHERE: Montecucco, Tuscany, Italy

WHAT: 100% sangiovese

HOW MUCH: under $25 (media sample)


About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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