Lorenzo de Monaco runs this pristine estate in the Medieval hilltop town of Collazzone, in the heart of Umbria. This area is home to the recently-awarded DOC of Rosso di Todi, and it is in this specific part of Umbria that Sangiovese overshadows Sagrantino.
Lorenzo makes his wines with minimal intervention -- organic and biodynamic farming, native yeasts, minimal new oak, minimal fining and filtration, and just a tiny bit of sulfur. His 2019 Rosso di Todi is a HUGE, inky, and delicious red wine composed of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino, and 10% Malvasia Nera. Just 250 cases were produced.
- It reminds me a bit of Paolo Bea's San Valentino bottling, which is not only hard to get, it would cost you 2x the price. If you're not familiar with Paolo Bea, this is the estate that most consider to be Umbria's best.
- It's a MAMMOTH wine in every way, shape, and form. Opaque in the glass, you can smell this stuff from 5 feet away, and it smells great. Tastes great too!
- Juicy and delicious now, it certainly has enough structure and tannin to warrant 7-8 years in a cool cellar.
- Flowing with deep and powerful notes of dark plum, crushed black raspberry, dried flowers, damp earth, and amaro-like accents, it's so freaking good.