This is a producer to watch. 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 Montalcino, 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 barrique. 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 slightly jammy finish.
Jacopo Vagaggini the winemaker prides himself on his natural approach to winemaking. "I try to bring out the maximum potential of the terroir and the grape with our winemaking philosophy, as well as the distinct character of the owner".
93 points James Suckling
Appellation: Montecucco Rosso
Grapes: Sangiovese, Merlot, Canaiolo and Petit Verdot
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