Colle Massari lies in the heart of Tuscany around 30 minutes from Florence near the town of Montecucco. They also have two other estates in Tuscany.
Montecucco Rosso Riserva is an Italian red wine classified as Montecucco DOC with a cuvée of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Ciliegiolo & 10% Cabernet-Sauvignon. All grapes are from organic agriculture. The wine aged 18 months in french oak (50% new, 50% old) and at least 12 months in the bottle. A total of 50000 bottles were produced. The wine was awarded the tre bicchieri award (three glasses) in the 2012 Gambero Rosso (Gambero Rosso is the most prestigious wine award for Italian wines and tre bicchieri is their highest award) and scored 90/100 points at the Wine Advocate.
Prior to tasting the wine was decanted for one hour.
I noticed a ruby red color after having poured a glass. The color was very intense. Alcohol by volume was listed at 14.5%.
On the nose there were only a few aromas. Mainly blackberry, cinnamon and licorice. The bouquet was interesting but the licorice seemed to be unwanted. It didn’t fit very well with the other aromas.
Montecucco Rosso Riserva was dry and had a rather short finish. On the palate it was smooth, too. Tannins weren’t too aggressive but could have been more pleasing. I tasted a bit of red fruits. I had a barbecue together with the Montecucco Rosso Riserva.
Maybe I should have picked a different wine for this delicious BBQ. The finish was too short and the nose a bit strange. Colle Massari’s Montecucco Rosso Riserva is in my opinion a decent wine. It retails for around 12.50€. I won’t buy the wine again any time soon though. I’m no sommelier but I really wonder why this wine won the tre bicchieri from the Gambero Rosso. I’ve never been so disappointed by a tre bicchieri Gambero Rosso wine…