Deep garnet color; cherry, roasted tomato, redcurrant, tobacco on the nose; red cherry, tart cherry, raspberry, red plum, red fruits, dark chocolate, oak on the palate.
Dry; medium tannins and good acidity. Somewhat tart and disjointed on the pop-and-pour, became more integrated and approachable after decanting. Medium-plus body. Likely this 100% sangiovese grapes, although in some vintages there is 10% montepulciano. The website and winery are not clear on this. Dominating red fruits with a touch of rusticity persist on extended finish. 14.5% ABV
The Sodi family owns the Parmoleto Farm. The operation extends for 178 acres on the slopes of Monte Amiata. Wine is a focus now, but it also is a wheat and cereal farm. There are some 13 acres in vines, broken into four vineyards. There also are acres devoted to fruit trees, grain crops, and a pig farm.
A true family operation—the grape harvest is brought in by the entire family. The family turned its focus to wine in 1990. In 1998, the Parmoleto was one of the founders of the Montecucco DOC, now a DOCG. Parmoleto produces about 20,000 bottles a year.
Parmoleto Montecucco Sangiovese Riserva DOCG 2016 is a rich, tart expression of sangiovese. Plenty of tasty, assertive red fruit. Smooths out nicely with decanting and exposure to air, but this is not a pour for the faint of palate. Nicely built for full, savory meals.
Pair with beef; wild game—venison and boar; pasta dishes with meat and red sauces; pork tenderloin; roast lamb; pizza; chicken with tomato sauces; grilled vegetables; charcuterie board with emphasis cured meat. Cheese—aged pecorino Tascano (classic pairing), aged asiago, parmigiano-reggiano, cheddar, hard cheeses in general. $19-25