Some of you may be familiar with “Bistecca Fiorentina,” Italy’s version of Kobe beef. Both these items have one thing in common: Neither country has much land for grazing, and beef needs lots of land. That’s why, in Italy anyway, beef is a rarity. It’s a treat for meat lovers, which begs the question, “What to drink alongside?” Brunello producer Il Poggione has this suggestion: Rosso Di Montalcino. Having tasted theirs, I heartily agree. Although Brunello itself can be thrilling, the price tag and the years necessary the in bottle to be ready for drinking can be a stumbling block. But a junior Brunello in a great year can work wonders, and this Rosso certainly does. I was skeptical, but I think you might be dazzled as well. (By the way, I think a New York strip steak from King’s Red & White Super Market will do just fine!)
2016 Il Poggione Rosso Di Montalcino $27
Translucent garnet in color. A deep, lovingly ripe nose of violets and roses on the saturated bouquet. Earthy, a bit mushroom/loamy with a sweeping dignity suggesting unsweetened chocolate and leather. Ethereal, balanced and “modernly” accessible. Flavors are smooth but densely textured and rich. Elements of dark berries and a non-fruity depth of flavor persists with a long, lingering aftertaste. Red meat, a mushroom casserole or an eggplant Parmigiana would be fitting. Drink now -2021.