(AG=91) The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino captures the essence of this site rich in clay and limestone, where the wines are ample and broad in style. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, lavender and spice notes blossom in a resonant Rosso loaded with personality. Readers who want to explore the Uccelliera wines should start here; this is a fabulous showing from Andrea Cortonesi. (JS=90) Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and lemons follow through to a full body, light tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. (WS=89) This is smooth and polished after a few hours of aeration, boasting cherry, earth and spice flavors. Balanced and bright on the long finish. Drink now through 2019. 2,000 cases made. (RP=88) The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino opens to easy fruit intensity and sharp mineral tones of brimstone and pencil shaving that you note immediately. Those dusty tones slowly turn to bright cherry, licorice and cola. Rosso di Montalcino is one of Italy's most food-friendly wines (think pasta, grilled sausage and lasagna) and this wine is a good example of why. Fresh acidity and easy tannins offer a smooth and informal drinking experience.