Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Molino Sant’ Antimo Estate In Montalcino Italy Is Making Big Strides Around The World

Molino Sant’Antimo is the family estate of Carlo Vittori, formerly from the prestigious Montalcino estates of Val di Suga and Castello Romitorio.
Located in the south-eastern corner of the Montalcino appellation, Molino Sant’Antimo Estate is  dedicated to produceing  Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino, Sant’Antimo Rosso and Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG , for an  annual production up to 80.000 bottles.

Carlo Vittori


The Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino are fruitier and smoother than what  we would expect  if compared to other Estates in the region.In addition to the Montalcino appellations, Molino Sant’Antimo produces also Chianti Colli Senesi, Morellino di Scansano and a Toscana  IGT SuperTuscan .







The first wine that we took a look at was the PAOLVS Molino Sant'Antimo Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2007.
A very well balanced Sangiovese Grosso from Toscana that was a pleasure to experience.   In the glass the wine was deep ruby in color and medium bodied.  On the nose, aromas of Cherry and red fruit and fresh red flowers give way to a soft and rich flavors on the palate with a long finish.
At SRP $17.76 , this is a good quality wine at a great price point. It is certainly drinkable now but can be aged 3 years to bring out some of its feminine qualities.
The  PAOLVS Molino Sant'Antimo Morellino di Scansano DOC 2009 was the next step in our visit to  Molino Sant’Antimo.   A  Sangiovese DOC is always nice to explore. This Sangiovese was young but showed a lot of potential. This wine comes from vineyards located at the bottom of hills near the Etruscan village of “Ghiaccioforte” near Maremma and is a blend of  85% Sangiovese and 15% Petit Verdot and Syrah.


In the glass this lovely wine showed ruby to purple in color and medium bodied.  On the nose aromas of fresh red fruit and plum jump out of the glass.  The palate explodes in your mouth with bright red fruit and mellows to a well rounded finish with light tannins. SRP$ 14.80. Getting a nice Sangiovese DOC at a very affordable price point makes this wine a good find.
Moving on from a DOC to a DOCG the PAOLVS Molino Sant'Antimo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2005, got our palates excited.  This DOCG was the finest expression of the fine wines produced by this lovely estate. This 100% Sangiovese with its fine wine pedigree from Brunello di Montalcino was true to its heritage of a very fine wine from the area.
The grapes were carefully selected and aged for three years in oak vats and six months in the bottle. In the glass this fine wine showed deep ruby in color and medium bodied. On the nose, soft red fruit aromas flow into earth, smoke and plum on the palate with a long lingering finish with medium tannins. SRP $38.48 and well worth the price. This wine is drinkable now with the 2005 Vintage being renowned worldwide; however this Brunello could easily be cellared 8-10 years if taken care of.
The 2005 was amazing and we moved to the following vintage.  The PAOLVS Molino Sant'Antimo Brunello di Montalcino 2006just like the 2005 is a true expression of the region. It was also aged three years in oak vats and bottle aged 6 months.
Deep Ruby in color and moving on to aromas of soft red fruit and confirmed on the palate with additional flavors of plum , smoke and tobacco with some light spice and soft tannins on the finish. This wine was simply amazing.  The SRP $42.92 is appropriate but may be difficult to find but well worth the hunt.
Molino Sant’Antimo Estates is a great example of what is exciting about the world of wine. A small family Estate such as this one, making a variety of good quality wines that are affordable, can make big waves all over the world because they do it right.  We plan to keep an eye on this Estate and look forward to vintages to come.

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