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Rosso di Montalcino Il Paradiso 75cl
Gea Rosso di Montalcino Paradiso di Frassina, Organic Wine, 100% Sangiovese Grosso, unique vineyard with music played to the vines, delicious and elegant Tuscan red. Grown on some of the best slopes on the estate, it would be highly unfair to consider this to be the Brunello's inferior, it's a brilliant wine in its own right, and a stunning example of what Sangiovese is capable of. Often when tasting Brunello di Monalcino, I feel a little disappointed. That's not to say there aren't superb examples (the Brunello from Paradiso di Frassina is excellent), but for such an exalted wine, there is all too often a lack of intensity of fruit and an over reliance on oak flavours. However Rosso di Montalcino can offer exceptional value for money in comparison with its big brother, and this particular one from Giancarlo Cignozzi is really delicious. The fruit is forward and vibrant, the texture perfect and the balance, spot on. This spends a year in old barrels and so no oak flavours but plenty of freshness. A delicious wine for lovers of Sangiovese and certainly value for the price considering it is less than half the Brunello!
Paradiso di Frassina is situated 5 km from Montalcino, in a secluded position but within easy reach of the town. It is owned and run by Giancarlo Cignozzi who previously was involved with the development of such well known producers as Altesino and Caparzo. After working for many years with other producers Giancarlo decided to go it alone and found the beautiful little estate called Frassina. Surrounded by an amphitheatre of vineyards, the old stone house Paradiso di Frassina is a beautifully restored monument to the age old traditions of Tuscan wine making. The estate now comprises of 4.5 hectares of vines including 1 hectare at the top of the famous cru hilltop, Montosoli with its 70 year old vines. Giancarlo is dedicated to the pursuit of perfection in perfect symbiosis with nature. He was awarded organic certification in 2008 after 9 years of developing his organic vineyard based on playing music to the vines. This pioneering work has been such a success that it has attracted the attention of the University of Florence who are now carrying out studies to evaluate the effect of music on vine health and grape quality!