Press Reviews

Santa Barbara Rosso Piceno DOC "Il Maschio da Monte"

A virile wine indeed, the Maschio da Monte explodes on the nose with a lavish bouquet of dark fruit, spice and vegetal notes. The tannins are soft and elegant supported by a notable, silky structure and long and persistent finish. This is a wine that promises exceptional cellaring potential, becoming increasingly harmonious in its evolution.

James Suckling on 2018 vintage

Ripe black fruit, bay leaf, musk and chocolate on the nose. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins. Rich and juicy with a plush texture and concentrated, fruity core. Drink from 2022.

Vinous Media on 2018 vintage

The 2018 Rosso Piceno Il Maschio da Monte is darkly perfumed and dusty in character, with musky black cherries, giving way to brown spices, tobacco and hints of lavender. This is silky and elegant in feel, with a polished wave of ripe red and hints of blue fruit that gain a more tactile edge, as saline-minerals collect toward the close. Hints of licorice and rose linger long through the lightly structured finale, as this tapers off refined and classically dry. Il Maschio da Monte is a blend of 90% Montepulciano to 10% Sangiovese that is already quite pretty today, but it will only get better with another year or two of cellaring.

James Suckling on 2017 vintage

Blueberries and crushed-slate notes with some basil leaf on the nose. Full body. Chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Muscular wine. Give it a year or two to soften.

James Suckling on 2016 vintage

A ripe and rich wine with linear tannins and plenty of dark fruit, as well as walnuts. Full body and firm tannins. Delicious. Drink or hold.

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