Lungarotti Rubesco Riserva Monticchio Receives "Outstanding" 92-point Rating in Wine Advocate

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Umbria Winemaker Lungarotti Continues to Impress Influential Wine Media

Few, if any, Italian wineries can lay claim to pioneering the creation of not one but two DOC designations – the Italian government’s designation of quality wine authenticity. That is, however, what the family-owned Cantine Lungarotti (http://www.lungarotti.it/en) in Umbria accomplished with two of its wines: the white Lungarotti Torre di Giano and the red Lungarotti Rubesco – trademarked names for the DOC designations Bianco di Torgiano and Rosso di Torgiano, respectively.

In the process, the Lungarotti family – beginning with the late Giorgio Lungarotti and continuing today with equal verve by his daughters CEO Chiara Lungarotti and Head of Global Communications and Corporate Image Teresa Severini – almost single-handedly put their native Umbria on the winemaking map and made Torre di Giano and Rubesco synonymous with the Bianco di Torgiano and Rosso di Torgiano DOC designations they epitomize.

Long before “single-vineyard” wines became fashionable in Italy, the Lungarotti family began in 1962 to produce wines from specialized vineyards in Umbria, giving new meaning to the cliché that great wines begin in the vineyard.

Not surprisingly, therefore, Lungarotti's single vineyard Rubesco Riserva "Monticchio" 2006 has received a 92 point, or "outstanding," rating from respected wine publication The Wine Advocate. In addition, the 2005 vintage of Lungarotti Rubesco Riserva "Monticchio" received 91 points from the same publication.

Rubesco Riserva Vigna Monticchio, Torgiano Rosso Riserva DOCG (Approximate SRP: $56.99)

Although all Lungarotti wines come from specialized vineyards in Umbria, this reserve bottling comes from a vineyard – Monticchio – so distinctive that the wine it produces has a DOCG designation: the highest Italian government wine quality designation.

The “older brother” of regular Rubesco, this Umbria wine features the same blend – Sangiovese and Canaiolo – but grown in Lungarotti’s Monticchio vineyard using even more selective methods based on the latest scientific vineyard research to produce high-quality, concentrated grapes for an initial vinification with slightly longer skin maceration. The difference comes with the aging process: one year in barriques and several more years in the bottle before its release in order to ensure long aging potential – up to 35 years.

Elegant with a solid structure and concentration reminiscent of a great Bordeaux, Lungarotti’s Rubesco Riserva Vigna Monticchio has a deep ruby color and complex aroma that evokes maraschino cherries and blackberries followed by notes of violets. Fruity and slightly balsamic, it has soft velvety tannins with a lingering, spicy finish.

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