This is a producer to watch. Bernardetta Tacconi’s winery, called
Amantis, is situated on the south side of the Orcia River in Southern
Tuscany; the Orcia is the southern boundary of Brunello di Montalcino.
The 1990s saw an incredible land boom in this region, which is called
Montecucco. Folks were hoping it could be the next Brunello, with
vineyards at decidedly lower prices. Amantis' "Birbanera" Montecucco
Rosso sure packs a lot of ripe fruits, seductive spice aromas and
flavors into an affordable and delicious bottle. Primarily Sangiovese
the blend is enhanced with a little Merlot and Canaiolo and Petit Verdot, which bring body
and lush fruit to complement Sangiovese's energy and high tone. The wine is fermented in stainless steel, then aged a few months in 2nd and 3rd passage French barriques. The
result is a wine full of rich fruit, soft and supple on the palate, with excellent acidity to balance it out. A full bodied wine that is balanced and silky, The Birbanera offers
plenty of blueberry aromas, with hints of vanilla, featuring fine
tannins and a lightly jammy finish.
In Montalcino it is said that Vagaggini knows Sangiovese like no one else!! The producer of some of the most notorious Brunellos of Tuscany, Paolo Vagaggini prides himself on his natural approach to wine making. "I try to bring out the maximum potential of the terroir and the grape with our wine making philosophy, as well as the distinct character of the owner" says Vagaggini.
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