Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Colle Massari Rigoletto from Tuscany's newest D.O.C. Montecucco.
Claudio Tipa founded Colle Massari in 1999 and it's located in the heart of southern Tuscany, in the newly created "Montcucco D.O.C." So far he's planted 100 acres of 740 acres planted to Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Vermentino & Ciliegiolo. He also has olive trees planted on 48 acres and all the wines and olive oil is organic.
Rigoletto is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Montepulciano & 10% Ciliegiolo from vineyards that are 1,000 ft. in elevation and are rich w/ clay soils and calcareous minerals. The wine is aged 12 months in barriques and is ruby red in color. Smooth and velvety on the palate it has soft tannins and a medium body. Red fruit and spices make this wine good to pair with meat, poultry, pasta and cheeses. 13.5% alc. Suggested retail is under $25.