A blend of Amarone (made from Corvina and Corvinone) with Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc. A super smooth luxurious tasting red. Good with steak, lamb, Good armchair sipping with parmesan cheese.
Monte Santoccio is a producer in Fumane, in the West of Valpolicella. It is a small family estate a top the hill of Santoccio overlooking Fumane, one of the famous villages of Amarone. Nicola Ferrari is the producer. Nicola refers to this luxurious red Santoccio Rosso as baby-Amarone. Having been made with 80% partially dried grapes it is indeed very similar. To the local varieties (Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara) is added 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It’s an inspired blend with its beautiful Italian aromas and hints of vanilla. Though rich in flavour and smooth in body it is also elegant.
FROM THE PRESS
“ SanticcioRosso wisely decides to keep the chassis and bodywork of a lusty Amarone and then merely upgrades the interior of this Gran Turismo with splashes of Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The results are a refreshing variation on a ravishing theme. The nose confuses for a second as Cab Franc does the honours, but we are business as usual on the palate until Sangiovese adds bitterness and Merlot adds gloss. This is a very successful wine which doesn’t upset traditionalists while enticing modernists to the cause. It might even lead the way for those new to great Veronese reds as it behaves as a gentlemanly stepping stone to the wiles of Monte Santoccio. 18+/20”Matthew Jukes