I’m not often surprised by wines, but a recent bottle of Villa Sant’Anna 2012 Rosso di Montepulciano surprised me in more ways than one. First, this bottle is a great value. Second, tt shows unique grace and a symphony of flavors; together, these traits pushed my thinking about what to pair the wine with–it felt as if I had endless options. At about $20 dollars, this bottle seemed perfect to transform a scant late-night pasta with red sauce into a feast fit for royalty.
My first experience with this wine began after Aspen Mountain had a surprise flash opening last weekend. I was more than excited to make some pasta sauce in my slow cooker while making my first turns of the ski season. After a day of skiing and alpine bliss, I was ready to enjoy my pasta and this wine. I found that this bottle added so much complexity to my seemingly simple sauce. The wine tasted great before dinner with a few olives, and it turned my pasta with sauce from simply eating to dining.
This Rosso di Montepulciano is not to be confused with Rosso di Montalcino; rather than a mono-varietal Sangiovese Grosso like the latter, this Rosso di Montepulciano is a melange of indigenous Tuscan grapes and some Bordeaux varietals. This blend offers a mosaic of dark cherries with a subtle underbrush on the lively, palate-cleaning finish. It’s great as an wine to begin served with focaccia with or with a fresh pasta and a hearty tomato sauce with dried herbs.
Don’t just take my word for what this powerhouse of a wine can do; grab a bottle and experience it with dinner!