Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Centanni 2013 Monte Floris, Marche Rosso IGT

Centanni Monte Floris

IGT wines from Italy can represent value and creative freedom for winemakers.

Red Wine From Italy’s Adriatic Coast

Wines labeled Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) in Italy are considered the second level of wines. They are above the table wines, but below the DOC level.

At the DOC level, grape varieties and winemaking methods are tightly controlled. Italy’s famed Super Tuscan wines, for example, are IGT wines because the winemakers broke with tradition to use grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and others not typical for the Tuscany region.

The Centanni 2013 Monte Floris, imported by ZGR Imports, is an IGT red wine from the Marche region of central Italy east of Tuscany and bordered by the Adriatic.

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You Can’t Uncork This Wine

Monte Floris w CapOne of the unique aspects of this wine is apparent from the get-go. You can’t uncork this wine because there is no cork. After removing a metal cap, I discovered a glass stopper.

The glass stopper not only is cool, but sustainable. It eliminates any possibility of a cork taint.

Real fun begins once the glass stopper is removed. This wine is 100% Montepulciano, which produces deeply colored wines, rich wines.

In the glass this is ruby red. The nose is flowing with jammy aromas.

The wine is rich with red fruit flavors accented with tartness. There is a hint of toasted oak. The body is lush and the finish quite juicy.

Aging begins in steel, which helps to maintain the fresh flavors, and then it is finished with six months in French Oak. The alcohol level is 14.5%, but in no way is the Monte Floris heavy or ponderous.

This gem retails for about $25. It’s a great match for red meats or a mild cheese.

Full disclosure: This wine was received as a marketing sample.

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