Rosso di Montalcino is Brunello’s younger sibling. Made from Sangiovese Grosso (aka Brunello), the grapes are harvested from younger vines and the wine spends less time in barrel and bottle (1 year in total). The charm of Rosso di Montalcino is its immediate accessibility. While Brunello di Montalcino benefits from up to 10 to 15 years of cellar time, Rosso di Montalcino is delicious right away. The La Serena estate is situated on a prized patch of land just south of the town of Montalcino itself. It’s neighboured by the esteemed properties of Casanova di Neri and Biondi Santi Il Greppo. The winery is managed by owner Andrea Mantengoli, who has enlisted the help of enologist Paolo Caciorgna. In the words of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, “His wines meet that illusive sweet point between power and elegance that is so difficult to achieve.” The 2016 vintage of the La Serena Rosso di Montalcino shows notes of dried cherries, plums, leather, and a touch of earth.