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|Grapes||Sangiovese, Pinot Noir|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown, Vegan|
For enthusiasts of Brunello di Montalcino, the name Cerbaiona holds a mythical status. Starting in the 1980s, winemaker Diego Molinari and his wife Nora transformed a 17th-century manor right in the middle of the Montalcino area into one of the premiere estates in the region. Now in the hands of Matthew Fioretti, after Molinari’s retirement, Cerbaiona continues to shine with distinctive wines that elicit absolutely glowing reviews. This Toscana Rosso is no exception: its humble and somewhat cryptic name (“Lot 8/19”) belies an exquisite creation. Fioretti has combined sangiovese (90%) from three sites—Cerbaiona’s own vineyards, as well as two elsewhere in Chianti—with pinot nero (10%) from the foothills of the Apennines for a unique mix. It doesn’t carry a vintage designation, since the sangiovese is from the 2017 harvest and the pinot nero from 2018. With a presence as commanding as any Montalcino sangiovese, and the smoothness and subtlety characteristic of pinot noir, what we have here is a beguiling and delightful red wine from a world-class producer at an amazingly approachable price. Organically grown, vegan.