Wine to Watch: ColleMassari Montecucco Rosso Riserva DOC

This is a wonderful ruby-red, full-bodied wine from Castello ColleMassari located in the scenic Montecucco wine region of Tuscany, Italy. Montecucco is located next to the famous wine region Montalcino.

The two primary grape varieties that grow in Montecucco are Sangiovese for red wines and Vermentino for white wines. The Montecucco wine region is regarded as a quiet gem for its Sangiovese-based red wines that owe their flavour to the area’s warm and humid climate that helps the grapes to mature well.

Castello ColleMassari was founded after Claudio Tipa and his sister Maria Iris Bertarelli acquired the 13th century ColleMassari castle along with its vineyards in 1999. Finds of Etruscan artefacts and Roman mosaics around the Castello ColleMassari estate indicated that wine was made there since ancient times. And with their love for Tuscany and wines, the brother-sister duo put their efforts into restoring the castle, nurturing the vineyards and olive groves, and producing a range of wines.

Castello ColleMassari Montecucco Rosso Riserva DOC is the signature wine of Castello ColleMassari. It is a blend of Sangiovese 80%, Ciliegiolo 10% and Cabernet Sauvignon 10%.  It is aged for 16 months in oak barrels   

The result of the terroir and winemaking of Castello ColleMassari Montecucco Rosso Riserva DOC reveals itself on decanting the wine for about 45 minutes. Its tasting notes state, “The dominant flavour is the extreme elegance of the Sangiovese with charming cherry notes combined with dark fruits and the complexity of Cabernet; the typical acidity and the body are perfectly integrated, it’s linear, dry, persistent and shows a nice balance. The Montecucco Rosso Riserva carries the name of the Estate, it represents the essence of our production: a wine for any palate, ripe and complex with smooth tannins”. The wine pairs well with hearty vegetarian and non-vegetarian preparations.

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In Mumbai the wine retails for Rs 3,700/-. ColleMassari Montecucco Rosso Riserva DOC 2018 is available at:

All Things Nice – The Wine Cellar
Shop No 10, Rajat Apartment
Mount Pleasant Road
Malabar Hill
Mumbai 400006