2015 Podere Salicutti Rosso di Montalcino
The leader of the so-called ‘natural’ wine movement in Montalcino, Francesco Leanza has been at the cutting edge of Brunello production for a decade now creating wines loaded with both character and staying power. ‘Character’ in the sense that they drink so amazingly well when young with Sangiovese’s floral and fruit notes cut in vivid relief. Seldom have I tasted Brunello so light on its feet and refined. So pretty! So delicious! Yet there is so much depth here too. His are wines you love to create descriptors for! Over the years, Salicutti’s Brunellos have become one of the appellations biggest collector’s wines.
Leanza’s Rosso is very much in the ‘baby Brunello’ style meaning that it eschews dark, juicy fruit for Sangiovese’s more classic smoky, spicy side. Far more than an afterthought here, it’s priced like Brunello but drinks like Brunello too. In our opinion, his Rosso is a great way to enjoy the quality and character at this amazing estate without having to wait for the Brunello did reach its peak in a decade or so.
Monica Larner for Wine Advocate, 92+ Points:
The 2015 Rosso di Montalcino is made with fruit sourced from the estate's three main vineyards: Sorgente, Piaggione and Teatro. You'll remember that in past vintages the Rosso was identified by its single-vineyard name Sorgente. That is not the case here. This is a beautifully harmonious and chiseled Sangiovese with brilliant tones of blueberry, violets, grilled herb and crushed river stone. The mouthfeel is sharp and decisive with a touch of cherry sweetness on the close. The delivery is linear and clean.