Jonathan Ray’s review:
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the even bigger-boned,Ã‚Â brooding 2009 Montefalco Rosso, Rocca diÃ‚Â Fabbri, at Ã‚Â£13.25, a real treasure rootledÃ‚Â out by James Tanner on his travels in Umbria aÃ‚Â couple of years ago. The previous vintage wasÃ‚Â such a success for Tanners that JT promptlyÃ‚Â snapped up this 2009 too. A blend of 65 perÃ‚Â cent Sangiovese, 20 per cent MontepulcianoÃ‚Â and 15 per cent Sagrantino, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cram packedÃ‚Â full of rich, spicy, dark cherry fruit and pepper,Ã‚Â wrapped in gentle tannins. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no shrinkingÃ‚Â violet at 14.5 per cent alcohol by volumeÃ‚Â and is best served in decanter, carafe or jug toÃ‚Â allow it to flex its muscles. Simon would haveÃ‚Â called it Ã¢â‚¬ËœplumptiousÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.