Wine Review: 2009 Monteverro IGT Rosso

Monteverro IGT Rosso

Monteverro IGT Rosso: This winery is producing some of the best Bordeaux styled wines I have had the pleasure to taste in a long time. The blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. It’s one of those packages that actually exceeds the sum of its parts, a treasure from the first sniff through the final finish as you empty your glass. Amazing stuff.

Michel Rolland is consulting on this project and I have been a fan of his wines since 1990. Subtlety seductive and texturally sensual, it is a wonderful mouthful of goodness. Let’s just say this wine has got it going on. For your olfactory sense receptors, this wine is blowing up the red fruit and baking spice aromas and a slightred cedar note that is surprisingly endearing.

2009 Monteverro IGT Rosso

Gliding over the palate in a manner that excites the senses, the flavors showcase a parade of very clean red fruit swirled with dark chocolate and a kiss of super ripe sweet blackberry. The smooth flavors and exquisite balance is bolstered by the two years in 70% new French oak.

A wine of this stature should not compete with its cuisine. If I were in Maremma where this wine was made, I would pair it with Grigliata mista alla brace, a mixed grill of guinea fowl, ribs and sausage.

mixed grill

It is a simple rustic dish served locally at Ristorante Il Leccio that would allow the complexity of the wine to showcase the regions signature cuisine.

Rating: Excellent (93) | $175 | 14.5% ABV

2009 Monteverro Toscona IGT


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Jeffrey December 5, 2012 at 9:17 AM - Reply

    This will hit my gift list for the holidays! I’m excited to try it.

    • enobytes December 5, 2012 at 11:49 PM - Reply

      Spectacular juice – I think you’ll enjoy it Jeffrey.

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