Had a mental health day earlier this week on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, the Little Italy neighborhood whose shops and restaurants make Manhattan’s Little Italy seem impotent. 
With lunch, we ordered the 2009 Mastrojanni Rosso di Montalcino  and upon first sip, my friend and I almost simultaneously said “wow”.     It’s deep red in the glass, with abundant aromas of ripe berries, and new leather.  The palate of this wine is amazing; it’s ripe, juicy, long and persistent. Delicious refreshing acidity and moderate tannins balance this medium bodied Rosso very well.  I can’t think of another Rosso I’ve ever had that was this good.  It started talk of my friend and I splitting a case once we locate some.  Clearly, the 2009 Tuscan vintage is going to yield plenty of amazing wines if this one is any benchmark. Outstanding, 91 points.  It was $40 on the wine list, so I’m guessing you can probably find it at retail in the neighborhood of $20.  Well worth it.

The wine paired very well with appetizers of baby octopus “stew”,  sausage, butternut squash and  gorgonzola mash  over radicchio,
and entrees of roasted rabbit in a slightly spicy tomato and herb sauce.

2009 Mastrojanni Rosso di Montalcino
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