The Il Poggione Brancato Rosato has an SRP of $25 and is available for as low as $17. Imported by Terlato Wine International. 1,300 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
Fifth generation proprietor Leopoldo Franceschi and winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci produce some of the most extraordinary wines from the Montalcino region, always remaining loyal to their traditional winemaking philosophy -- to create wines of impeccable quality and style.
Brancato is a rosé wine made with 100% estate grown Sangiovese grapes.
After the harvest the must stays in contact with the skins for 24 hours, followed by a long, cool fermentation.
Brancato offers red fruit flavors and freshness, a rosé with the structure of a young Sangiovese.
Today's wine comes from a renowned producer of Brunello di Montalcino who uses early harvest grapes from their young (less than 15 year old) Sangiovese vines to produce this excellent rosé. Available in Italy in Europe for several years, 2014 is the first vintage to make it to the United States and boy are we glad it did! In fact, when we tasted this wine we made the mistake of putting it first in a sampling of a few different bottles and frankly nothing else could even come close to the bar set by this wine.
Swirling and sniffing the 2014 Il Poggione Brancato Rosato di Toscana reveals a very fresh and enticing aroma of cherry, raspberry, strawberry, some floral notes and hints of watermelon and tangerine. With fantastic rich fruit, mineral notes, great acidity, touches of spice and an incredible texture in the mouth this is one fantastic rosé. It ends with a very persistent and satisfying finish, so much so that it is almost impossible not to take another sip.
In the ongoing marketing battle over old vines, this is simply a superb use of young ones. Bravo!
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