Dei Bossona Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2015
Ruby red in color tending toward garnet, this wine offers fine, elegant aromas of preserved black cherries, white pepper, jam and tobacco. On the palate, it is both full-bodied and intense as well as harmonious with velvety tannins.
Pair with game, roasts and seasoned pecorino cheese.
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This red is broad, yet vivid and focused, featuring violet, black currant, blueberry, iron and tobacco aromas and flavors. A swath of dense tannins lends support as this plays out on the long aftertaste. Distinctive and complex.
Lots of ripe fruit, showing the ripeness yet balance of the vintage. It’s full-bodied with round, rich fruit and a flavorful finish. Chocolate and dried fruit with figs. Extremely long and delicious.
This has a rather shy nose but eventually reveals black plum, underbrush, pressed violet and exotic spice aromas. The full-bodied, enveloping palate offers dried Marasca cherry, brandied prune and star anise flavors framed by fine-grained tannins.
The Dei 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva Bossona is a thick and richly textured wine that shows the dark fruit and spice that characterizes this sunny vintage. Dried blackberry, plum cake, spice and leather give the wine a savory and brooding quality that would match a charred steak on the grill. There is a lot of warm-vintage Tuscan intensity in this wine that ends with loose tannins and ripe fruit. I suggest a near-term drinking window for this accessible wine.
Caterina has personally managed the estate since 1991 when she left her career in the theatre. She is supported by Jacopo Felici, a young and very talented agronomist/oenologist who works full time at the estate, and by the well known oenologist Paolo Caciorgna. Paolo has been consulting at Tenuta Dei since January 2014, as Nicolò D'Afflitto, consulting oenologist at Dei since 1992, now works exclusively for a large wine enterprise.
The vineyard extension is 55 hectares, divided between the zones of Martiena, Bossona, La Ciarliana and La Piaggia on the slopes of the hill of Montepulciano. The varietals grown are mainly the ones utilized in the blend of the estate's Vino Nobile: Sangiovese and Canaiolo. A small percentage of the varietals is international and go into the blend of "Sancta Catharina", a proprietary wine and another small percentage is made up of white varietals for the production of Bianco di Martiena IGT and of Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC: Grechetto, Malvasia and Trebbiano.
All the phases of wine production now take place in the impressive new cellar entirely built in Travertino marble (from the Dei's quarries) and glass. Energy is produced by photovoltaic panels and the temperature is kept even by a geothermal system. The cellar is partly built underground. Azienda Dei is certainly a reference for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano worldwide due to the extremely high quality of the wines.
Based on the Sangiovese grape (here called Prugnolo Gentile), the village’s prized wine called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ranks stylistically in between Chianti Classico, for its finesse, and Brunello di Montalcino for its power. With a deep ruby color, heavy concentration and a firm structure given by the village's heavy, cool clay soils, most Vino Nobile di Montepulciano will demand some bottle age.
Among Italy's elite red grape varieties, Sangiovese has the perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Somm Secret—Sangiovese doubles under the alias, Nielluccio, on the French island of Corsica where it produces distinctly floral and refreshing reds and rosés.