Monday, January 30, 2012

Siro Pacenti Rosso Di Montalcino 2008

Sometimes Shirley just picks the wrong time to do one of her signature dishes.  Tonight it was her Southern style BBQ pork ribs. This would have been a perfect dish for Super Bowl Sunday next week, but I'll probably go with the usual pizza and wings for the game.
I had no idea on what wine I would open with the ribs, so I decided to search the net for a proper pairing.  Basically, I found that this dish would pair well with just about any red wine and even a few white wines, but they all seemed to agree on Zinfandel, Syrah or Malbec.   A quick check of my wine supply found neither.  That means I'll have to do some wine buying tomorrow and that for tonight I will choose what I think will work best. Not really that tough of a decision given the info I found searching.
My first choice was a 2007 Gigondas, but upon pouring I could see that this bottle had turned and instead I settled for my second choice of a 2008 Siro Pacenti Rosso di Montalcino ($30). I believe that opening a nice bottle of wine that has turned bad may have been a sign, because the second choice was fantastic.
Rosso di Montalcino is made from 100% Sangiovese grown in the same delineated region as Brunello di Montalcino. However, the wine is required to spend only six months aging in oak and 1 year total aging before release. These "Baby Brunellos" are often 1/3 to 1/2 the price of Brunello di Montalcino.
*Since the 1995 vintage, Giancarlo Pacenti's Brunello has repeatedly won Gambero Rosso's most prestigious Tre Bicchieri (Three Glass) award in addition to 90+ scores from all the major international publications.  The Rosso is considered to be one of the very best, with the fruit’s inherent structure delicately enhanced by a brief passage in barriques.  These are quintessential Sangioveses that are wonderfully aromatic, opulently rich and powerfully structured. *Michael Skurnik Wines
I found wonderful aromas of black cherry with some dark plum and a little tobacco.  Very nice earthy mouthfeel with smoky dark fruits and a little blueberry. The finish was medium to long, smoky and dry. A nice compliment to the BBQ pork ribs.
I have always enjoyed Italian wines above all others and I am a big fan of Rosso di Montalcino.  The Rosso is far less expensive than Tuscany's finest wine, the Brunello di Montalcino and very comparable.  Highly recommend.

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