Here’s what Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr, wine writers for the Annapolis Capital Gazette, had to say about Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino and Mazzoni Piemonte Barbera earlier this month:
Il Poggione Rosso de Montalcino 2011. Not everyone can afford to drink Brunello di Montalcino every day, so the rosso de montalcino is a great fall back. This little brother of Brunello, made with the same sangiovese grape, has fresh, wild berry notes and is meant for early consumption. The grapes come from younger vines and therefore the wines don’t have the complexity found in Brunellos sourced from older vines. The wine is aged in oak for a year to tame the tannins.
Mazzoni Piemonte Barbera 2010. This reasonably priced barbera with good bottle age is a delightful drink, even if simple and medium-bodied. Its red berry flavors and soft texture would be a great match for pasta. The wine is a partnership between California’s Terlato and Italy’s Franceschi families.