There are many things in the world that pair well with a juicy Rosso di Montalcino, but perhaps one of the most satisfying is true brick oven, thin crust pizza.  Such was the case on a recent Fall weekend when the TuscanVines clan travelled into the Bronx for some key rations and relaxation.  

~ One of the pies, and the best of the day:  Smoked Mozzarella, Sausage, Pesto ~ 
We chose a brilliant wine  from the Carta dei vini;  the 2011 Mastrojanni Rosso di Montalcino.  Decanted for 30 minutes, the wine is a classic ruby color with a trademark copper fade at the rim reminiscent of Rosso’s older brother, Brunello. 
On the nose, the aromas of the wine are pleasing if not somewhat straightforward.  There’s a nice core of ripe berry fruit framed with spice and warmed clay.  Flavors follow the aromas and add a slight hint of fennel that was picked up very nicely with the sausage on the pizza.  Another solid effort from one of Montalcino’s best producers.  Mastrojanni consistently turns out wonderful wines at many price points.  While not as complex or concentrated as the 2012’s – this is a very nice wine indeed.  88 points.  About $40 on the list.  

~ Mastrojanni Rosso di Montalcino 2011 ~ 

After lunch, a typical “walk off” is required….. 

~ This is a small portion of the ceiling in the Calabria Pork Store,  Bronx New York ~ 

And…. Part of the TuscanVines crew…..

~ Quei Bravi Ragazzi ~

E vero!

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