Rolling hills, winding roads, cypress tree lined driveways. An unmistakable way to describe one of the most beautiful places on Earth: Tuscany and its vineyards. Less than an hour drive south from the world famous Siena you’ll arrive in the not less famous village of Montalcino, where the Brunello wine is made. A few minutes away from Montalcino, lays the prestigious Montosoli hill, where Casanuova delle Cerbaie vineyard is located.
Casanuova delle Cerbaie is a medium sized vineyard favouring quality over quantity. And you can see this search for quality in the wines they make. Attention to detail and love for their work is the signature of the people working to create these fantastic wines. The wine production is entirely manual, from the initial selection of grapes in the vineyards to the sorting table to the bottling. Even the wood used for the barrels has been carefully selected to ensure the territorial expression of the wine. The wines they produce are the purest expression of their territory. A small selection of wines to surprise and enchant even the most sophisticated of the wine connoisseurs.
But, if like us, you are just a wine enthusiast who wants to discover new wines, we have prepared a little road-map for you, so you can discover these wines in the best possible way.
Start with the Rosato, the rosé wine, newly born, a very limited production obtained by bleeding from Sangiovese grosso coming from the “cru” vineyard of Montosoli. Rosato is a pure expression of this incredible varietal that is Sangiovese grosso. It’s a wine with light colour, a medium tannic structure, a good body, very juicy and showing the very essence of Montosoli: a unique salty mineral character. I know it’s a rosé, but, please, resist the temptation to throw it into the freezer. To fully enjoy the richness and the complexity, we recommend a temperature around 12-14 °C. This wine is a perfect combinations with medium-aged curd cheeses, cold cuts, fatty fish and white meats, even grilled or roasted, and first courses rich in seasoning.
Next step is tasting the Rosso di Montalcino. As its name suggest, its colour is an intense ruby red and the bouquet is large and persistent, with fruity notes well blended with hints of wood in which the wine is aged. Rosso di Montalcino is a wine that you can drink with less elaborate first and second courses based on rabbit, chicken, turkey and lamb. It also goes well with medium aged cheeses.
Now that you are ready to fully enjoy their special wine, you can try the Brunello di Montalcino 2015, one of the latest stunning vintages with perfect weather for the harvest. This is a wine that will last for decades, luminous, clear, red ripen fruit with a large bouquet, drink it and keep it to enjoy through the years. When drinking this wine you can really taste the northern sector of Montalcino terroir, where the varietal of Sangiovese grosso expresses the red fruit, wild cherry, and raspberry, fresh, brilliant and elegant. Brunello di Montalcino Riserva combines perfectly with truffle or porcini mushroom pasta (tagliolini or pappardelle). Second courses such as stuffed meat, wild boar, beef, the sumptuous Fiorentina steak and beef with truffle filet.
And, if you think that tasting their wines was not enough and you want to see the place by yourself, Casanuova delle Cerbaie organizes visits of both the vineyard and the cellar. The tours end up at their fireplace living room to taste the wines. There are four tasting experiences including a selection of old vintages. Everything is thought to make your visit an experience to remember.