At a recent trip to Tuscany we stopped by at the Gattavecchi winery in the Argiano area in south Montepulciano, where we tasted amongst others this Rosso Di Montepulciano. Although it wasn’t the best wine we tasted on our Tuscany tour, it seemed kind of honest and typical of a lot of the wines served at the local bars and on opening this again a few months later it immediately transported me back to this historic medieval hilltop town where Sangiovese is king.
Gattavecchi – Rosso Di Montepulciano 2016
A blend of Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) 90% and Canaiolo Nero 10% .
When poured the colour was a deepish garnet although it did look a little thin in the glass. Pronounced aromas of cherries cinnamon and leather dominate, with a hint of smoke. Despite that fact that it looked thin it packed a punch in flavour, on first sip there was a tart slightly bitter cherry flavour along with mouth watering acidity, this was quickly followed by a more earthy, leathery taste there was also a good hit of tobacco. Tannins were noticeable and the oak wasn’t overpowering.
As I said earlier it was very typical of a lot of wines we tasted in the area and I enjoyed it, good honest and reliable, great with food equally good on its own.