Wine Review & Quick Update

Dear readers of Vino in Love,

The last weeks were particularly busy for me because I was taking exams in university. Therefore I had not much time to blog and I will probably not be able to blog as much as I usually do until March. There won’t be a Mini-Review edition for January but I’ll include the January wines in the February edition. I probably should have let you know earlier about what’s going on at Vino in Love. Anyways let’s talk about wine! After all this is a wine blog isn’t it?! 

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Some of you might remember that I travelled to Lazio & Tuscany last December where I naturally had to buy some wines. One of the wines I that I was not familiar with was the 2009 Azienda Macchialta Montecucco Riserva DOC. I bought this one at a grocery store in Capalbio, a medieval town in the province of Grosseto. for a little under 8€. Italian grocery stores usually carry good wines from local wineries for little money. There seems to be only little information about Azienda Macchialta on the Internet but I found some information about Macchialta on the website of the Consorzio del Vino di Montecucco. It appears that Macchialta produces next to wine also honey.

2009 Azienda Macchialta – Montecucco Riserva DOC

The appellation Montecucco DOC is a fairly new. It was approved in 1998. The appellation can be used for red, white and pink wine as well as for Vin Santo. Montecucco Rosso and Montecucco Rosato require at least 60% Sangiovese whereas Montecucco Bianco requires at least 85% Vermentino grapes.

2009 Azienda Macchialta - Montecucco Riserva DOC

I found no technical sheet for this wine but according to the label it’s produced only with Sangiovese grapes. Furthermore, the label says that the wine that the wine aged in barriques. Since this is a Riserva I assume that it aged at least 18 months in oak.

Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for roughly one hour.

In the glass, deep garnet-red color with cherry red hues. 13.5% was the label listed ABV.

On the nose, there were aromas of raspberries, pepper, black pepper, maraschino (a liquor made from marasca cherries) and vanilla.

In the mouth, very smooth, quite mineralic and warm. There was a fresh acidity. Intense notes of red berries and cocoa. The wine had a medium body. Persistently long finish.

3.5 / 5 stars      

Parting Words

I wish I bought more than just two bottles of this wine. Outstanding quality price ratio and overall a very solid wine. Next time I visit my relatives in Lazio I will buy at least a case of this wine. I am still debating if I should rate this wine with 4 stars or not. Good thing I have a bottle left to decide this.

The wine paired very well with some Mexican food ( I prepared burritos and quesadillas). Probably not the intended pairing for this wine but in my opinion this was a good pairing.

Montecucco wines are often underappreciated in my opinion. If you haven’t tried any Montecucco wines yet then why don’t you give them a try? ? After all, the wines are smilier to the ones you find in Montepulciano and Montalcino.

That’s all for today! Have a good week. Cheers!


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19 comments on “Wine Review & Quick Update”

  1. Sean P. Reply

    For a moment I believed you quit blogging..
    Glad to see that’s not the case 🙂
    Good luck with your exams. I didn’t know you’re in college.

    I don’t think I tried any Montecucco wine before. Maybe they are not easily available in the UK? I think I saw Colle Massari in a wine store though..
    Cheers

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Sean,
      No worries! I only took a short break.
      Thank you very much!

      I’m not a big fan of Colle Massari. However, they make a few good wines like the Lombrone. I recently red that Colle Massari was selected as winery of the year from the Gambero Rosso, which will probably result in even higher prices for these wines..

  2. foodwine88 Reply

    Good to see you back, Julian!
    Haven’t heard about the wine but it doesn’t surprise me really since I don’t remember drinking any wine from Montecucco before.
    It seems that there is always something new to try! I assume that this wine is quite similar to a Chianti?

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Foodwine88,
      Thanks for the comment. Well both, Chianti and Montecucco are produced with a high percentage of Sangiovese so there is some similarity. However, I find that many (younger) Chianti have a stronger, more aggressive acidity than their cousins from Montecucco.

  3. Suzanne Reply

    Best of luck on the exams, I know you will do well. I know exactly what you mean, I got almost all of my everyday drinking wine from a small grocer near my house in Naples. They had Lacryma Christi by the barrel, it was wonderful, very inexpensive and the wine was outstanding. Your grocery store find sounds great!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Suzanne,
      Thank you so much 🙂
      Lacryma Christi by the barrel sounds great! I wish these inexpensive deals would be available outside of Italy. Buying these type of wine is always something I look forward to when visiting Italy.

  4. RiojaChianti RiojaChianti Reply

    It’s good to see you blogging again! All the best for your exams. I’m sure you’ll do well 🙂

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Armchairsommelier,
      Thank you so much! Sorry for my late reply..
      I celebrated with a great blend of Montepuliciano and Aglianico. Will (probably) write about it later on 🙂
      Salute!

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