Thursday, March 7, 2019

Wine Review: Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie 2016

Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie 2016

In 1999, continuing their company’s expansion in Tuscany, the Zonin family acquired this 430-hectare property in the Maremma, of which 180 hectares are planted with vines. The lordly mansion has been restored to its ancient splendour, the little lake - inhabited by splendid swans – is a mirror for Venus, the Museum of Rural Civilization, unique of its kind in the Maremma, has found its “home” in a wing of the property whose original architecture has been restored and made extraordinarily efficient. -

Le Focaie is an introductory level wine by Rocca di Montemassi out of Meremma, Tuscany. It's 90% Sangiovese and 10% of other varieties on the estate that aren't specified. But it could Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and/or Merlot, as those are the other red varieties planted there. The wine spent twelve months aging in oak, and that's all I really know about it. Other than it has an ABV of 13%.

The color of the wine is blood red. I've been getting a lot of wines that color lately. On the nose there's aromas of cherries, cola, and slightly burnt wood. On the palate it's medium bodied with a slightly tart acidity (but not as tart as I was expecting), and tightly grained tannin. There's flavors of black cherries, leather, and a nice minerality. Then it finishes with black cherries and some grip from the tannin.

There's not much complexity or showing of character here but it's definitely serviceable as a good $10 Wednesday night pizza wine, which is kinda what it's meant to be. You know those smaller old-school grape juice glasses? My great grandfather from Sicily used to drink his wine out of those, and I have some of his glasses. This is a wine that I would drink out of those while cooking dinner or cleaning up the kitchen after a meal, and it would go down nice and easy.

Price: $10
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

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