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Fattoria del Cerro
Rosso di Montepulciano DOC

While this wine is younger than the Vino Nobile, it still has nice structure and the ability to age for at least five years. Montepulciano stands on a height at the southern extremity of the Chiana Valley in the province of Siena. An ancient legend has it that Montepulciano was founded at the orders of the Etruscan king Porsenna. From its earliest origins, Montepulciano was linked with wine, as is indicated by a red-figure cylix (wine goblet) that was made in the Chiusi area. The cup is decorated with the figure of Flufluns, the Etruscan Bacchus or god of wine, who is shown, in company with a maenad, playing cottabos, a game in which drops of wine were flipped at a special target.

Owner: Unipol Assicurazioni S.p.A.
Website: www.tenutedelcerro.it
Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 90% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese), 10% Mammolo

Vineyard Location: Montepulciano
Orientation: South east
Elevation: 350 -450 m a.s.l.
Trellising: Spurred cordon
Vines/Acre: 3,300 (older vineyards); 5,000/Ha
Soil: Pliocene origin, with shells, stones, and some clay content

Alcoholic fermentation for 7 days in stainless steel tanks, Maceration on the skins for 7 days with daily pumping over.

Aging Process
3 months in Slavonian oak casks. Bottle refined for three months.

Tasting Notes
Color: Vivid ruby red
Bouquet: Intense and fine with notes of wild black ­cherry, violet and a slight vanilla undertone
Flavor: Well-balanced, elegant and it has a slight initial tannic note
Pairings: Appetizers, first course dishes with meat ­sauces, stuffed pasta or casserole dishes and grilled red meats

Alcohol Content: 14%
Serving Temperature: 61-64°F
Production: 140,000 bottles