Monday, February 07, 2011

Il Molino di Rogante's R

Massimo Mangani's son is in Daughter C's class in school -- one of the advantages of living in a wine-producing area is that some of the neighbors make it rather than write about it. He is listed in the Albo Imprenditori Agricoli Professionali but doesn't have a site for Il Molino di Rogante. And yes, I am glad he drew me aside a few weeks ago to give me a bottle to taste.

Azienda Agricola Il Molino di Rogante R IGT Toscana 2009
Lot number not apparent.
The wine is lively deep cherry ruby with black reflections and cherry rim, and has a certain duskiness to it that suggests minimal (if at all) filtration. The bouquet is quite fresh, with lively sour cherry fruit supported by raspberry acidity and a rush of violets that gains depth and roundness from slight jammy notes. On the palate it's medium bodied, with bright fresh cherry raspberry fruit supported by lively raspberry acidity and greenish vegetal accents, while the tannins have a warm burr and flow into a clean tannic finish. Quite direct and quite pleasant, a wine that would be nice to have as a day-to-day wine to drink with meat based pasta dishes, hearty soups such as Ribollita, and simple grilled or fried meats and vegetables. In short, versatile, and one of those wines that will go quite fast.
2 stars

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