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Rosso di Montepulciano Wine

Rosso di Montepulciano is a red wine-specific DOC of Tuscany, central Italy. It was created in 1989; however, it was the amendments made to the DOC rules in 1999 which really led to the Rosso di Montepulicano wine style which exists today. Regulations now allow the rosso to be made in the same area of production around the town of Montepulciano and from similar grape varieties as its better-known sibling, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG. A slightly different percentage of grapes comprises the DOC wine, but Prugnolo Gentile (the local name for Sangiovese Grosso) is still the mainstay (minimum 70%). This is combined with Canaiolo (maximum 20%) and other permitted varieties in the province of Siena, such as native Mammolo and/or internationals Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (maximum 20%).

Early evening in Montepulciano

This younger-established classified zone gives producers more scope to choose where they intend their fruit to end up, depending on the exposure of terrains, the climate during the growing season and any other factors required when deciding whether the fruit is suitable for DOC or DOCG standards. Thus, declassified Vino Nobile wine can go into Rosso di Montepulciano. The overall result should be more consistency and higher quality coming out of Montepulciano.

There are two slight differences between the two siblings: yields tend to be a little higher for the rosso, which is allowed 70hL per hectare compared to Vino Nobile's 56hL per hectare. The DOC wine is also released much earlier than its brother, only requiring six instead of 24 months of ageing.

Better-quality Rosso di Montepulcianos tend to come from vineyards situated around 300m (984ft) above sea level on slopes facing south-east, and planted in soils layered with sand, gravel and clay. Generally this wine, like its neighbor Rosso di Montalcino (little brother of Brunello di Montalcino), is an easier-drinking, fresher and fruitier version of Vino Nobile, though it is shorter lived. Its medium body and aromas of violets, coming from the Mammolo grape, are traits that mirror its bigger brother.

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We found 62 wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
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Marchesi Antinori La Braccesca Sabazio Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $13 4711
Poliziano Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Merlot - Sangiovese $13 7206
Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $17 7751
Fattoria del Cerro Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $11 19860
Contucci Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Chianti Blend $11 23192
Maria Caterina Dei Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Chianti Blend $18 24085
Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano 'Vecchia Cantina' Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Chianti Blend $11 25956
Antico Colle Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Chianti Blend $11 27330
Corte alla Flora Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $13 31443
Canneto Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $17 31643
Poderi Sanguineto I & II Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Chianti Blend $17 33762
Villa Sant'Anna Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $18 34710
Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano Poggio Stella Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) N/A 34970
Gavioli Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $20 39056
Valdipiatta Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $15 39056
Tenimenti Angelini Tre Rose Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $11 41325
Salcheto Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Chianti Blend $17 41698
Fattoria della Talosa Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Chianti Blend $10 45977
Le Berne Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $15 48261
Boscarelli Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $15 50793
Capoverso Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $15 53662
Bindella Terra Vite Vita Fosso Lupaio Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $15 55531
Gattavecchi Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $15 55531
Crociani Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $10 56158
Familia Gattavacchi Poggio alla Sala Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy Sangiovese (Nielluccio) $18 56158
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