Montevertine Toscana IGT (750ml)
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Montevertine is located on the hilltop hamlet of the same name in the heart of Chianti between Florence and Siena, just 3km from Radda. In 1967 Sergio Manetti acquired Montevertine as a vacation home for his family and then planted two hectares of vineyards, built a small cantina with the intention of making wine for family and friends. In 1971 after Manetti saw the great results he was achieving, he decided to devote himself entirely to the estate, vititculture and winemaking. Sangiovese is Montevertine’s grape and at the time, when Chianti Classico had to include the white grape Trebbiano in the blend Manetti did not want to play by these rules. His “Rosso Toscana” still included a small percentage of local Chianti red grapes, Colorino and Canaiolo (not the international varieties). The 18 hectare estate sits at 425 meters above sea level; there are nine separate parcels and the oldest is the Pergole Torte vineyard planted in 1968. All the grapes are hand harvested and fermented in large (150hl) cement cuves for at least 25 days. The wine is pumped over and the cap submerged daily to create optimum conditions for a long and slow extraction. The malolactic fermentation also occurs in large volume cement cuves before it is racked into Slavonian oak barrels that range in size. All movement of the wine is by gravity in accordance with the traditional methods of the region.
– Rare and Fine 2018 –
Montevertine estate makes three wines and this is the standard bearer of the estate. It is a blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo (with perhaps a hint of Colorino) and aged for aged 24 months in large Slavonian oak barrels. The fruit for this bottling comes primarily from a 2.5 hectare parcel of vines planted in 1982 on a south – southeast facing slope.
Adopting a soft and intricate approach, the 2013 Montevertine is like an Impressionist’s painting executed with pastel colors and bright patches of luminosity. The wine is subtle and undertone, yet the power of the narrative is not lost. It speaks of the purity of Sangiovese with impeccable aromas of wild cherry and white cherry that are followed by pressed rose and dried violets. The mouthfeel is silky and polished. The slightly cooler vintage, the long growing season and slow ripening have all contributed to create this truly authentic taste of Sangiovese.