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Tassi Bruno Toscana Rosso 2021  - First Bottle

Technical Details

  • WinemakerFabio Tassi
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationTuscany
  • Aging/Cooperage6 to 8 months of aging.
  • Alcohol13.5%

Tassi Bruno Toscana Rosso 2021

Sangiovese  |  Italy

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In the heart of Brunello di Montalcino’s iconic wines, there lies a rigid set of rules enforced over the decades to ensure homogenous aging, grape varietal, vineyard sourcing, etc. It’s for the best, truly, but every now and again, something so cool, so entrancing, so completely unique comes along to disrupt that status quo. That...is this wine today. From the iconic Tassi comes this 100% amphora-aged, not technically “Brunello”, Brunello. It rocks – especially at our ludicrous price!

Fabio Tassi has a passionate love for Montalcino and the history of winemaking in the region, exhibited by his collection of highly-rated and fervorously collected wines. He owns several wine shops and restaurants in the village, including a wine shop inside the fortress at the top of Montalcino. Built in 1361, Fabio Tassi runs these businesses on top of his vintner duties – and I imagine, he also sleeps, from time to time.

As part of our annual pilgrimage to Italy a few years back, we visited Fabio’s new winery just outside the village of Montalcino and tasted many a barrel sample with his winemaker. ONE, in particular, was raised 100% in amphora – for 6-8 months, from grapes grown on the warmer side of the appellation, in Castelnuovo dell'Abate. These are the same exact grapes that go into his $100+ Brunello, just raised in amphora and not according to the laws of Brunello, so therefore, categorized as an IGT instead of a Brunello.

These organically farmed Brunello grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts and little to no intervention – safely locked away in amphora to do its thing. With global warming pushing the climate in Montalcino to record heat waves far more frequently than in years past, methods like this are becoming more and more common to retain acidity and keep the wines fresh. One sip is all it takes to realize this is simply a wonderful expression of sangiovese – pure, clean, mineral, complex, and driving with pure red fruits.

Sadly, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this vintage was never submitted for scores – but every other vintage out there has absolutely crushed it...with a handful of 93-95 point showings. We actually prefer this vintage to the 95 point 2019 that we featured a couple years back...so consider this (unofficially, of course) a solid 96 from the illustrious First Bottle panel of seasoned buyers.

We can’t say enough about this rare bottling – Brunello purists and the sangiovese-curious should DEFINITELY grab a few. We snagged as many cases as we could – but we truly believe that each and every sangiovese drinker in the entire wine-loving world needs to try a bottle of this – and we certainly don’t have enough for that! Grab a couple for yourself, and you’ll be blown away!

About the Producer

The Tassi company was founded by Guido Franci who worked as a sharecropper for the Biondi Santi family since he was a young boy in the early 1900s. Guido's other passion was beekeeping and making honey on the property as well. The family ran winery is now in the hands of Fabio Tassi, Guido's grandson, who continues the tradition of winemaking and the selling of honey as well as quality products of the territory. The facility is state of the art with a gravity flow system that limits the use of pumps in a winery. The estate has a state-of-the-art facility, combined with an exceptional hospitality experience and making fabulous wines under the beautiful Tuscany sun.