2019 Siro Pacenti Rosso di Montalcino
PRIMA Notes: Man, I am loving these 2019 Tuscan reds. The best are just, well, thoroughly charming, and yet they have a sense of gravitas that goes along with their elegance too. What I like best is their textbook Sangiovese aromatics that, thanks to their great natural acidity, seem to jump from the glass and many have palates rich with nicely concentrated fruit that pumps out nicely defined flavors without going overboard on either raw power or excess alcohol. Call it a ‘classic vintage’ but with a little extra pizzaz! Siro Pacenti’s beautiful 2019 Rosso di Montalcino is the epitome of what I am talking about. Giancarlo Pacenti takes his Rosso seriously. Located in the hamlet of Pelegrilli, between the much-vaunted Canalicchio and Montosoli zones in Montalcino’s cooler northeast quadrant, this unique spot ripens Sangiovese with both intensity and finesse and Pacenti’s small production from 15-25 year old vines is considered among the best Rosso in the business. The 2019 is dark and earthy with a nice slug of Sangiovese’s cherry confit, black tea and cinnamon, but also sandalwood, fennel seed, black truffle and violets. Mid-weight and a bit racy, there’s a bit of surprising Brunello-like bomber jacket leather-tannin and a perfect dash of barrique at the back end making it perfectly suited for either immediate gratification with grilled pork chops, meat-sauced pasta or, of course, a bistecca, but also for cellaring. The dirty little secret of Pacenti’s Rosso is that it will keep pace with either of his two Brunellos in the cellar, but cost you half the money. Very highly recommended.