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2010 Tenuta Monteti

Grapes Alicante Bouschet, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Tuscany
ABV 14%

With the 2010 vintage you really feel this consistently great wine has somewhat come of age. There have been some tweaks to the blend - with less Alicante now included and the addition of both Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. These add a lovely depth and extra level of intensity, but without adding any hardness. The Monteti winemaking team's aim is for the wine to be accessible and above all enjoyable drinking and with this they have been hugely successful! Half of the blend is now aged only in steel which maintains the fresh feel of this bright and perky red which is so brilliantly put together. This delicious wine is punching well above its weight. 55 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Alicante Bouschet, 15 % Merlot, 5 % Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. L&S (Apr 2014)

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This fine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Alicante Bouschet from the southern Maremma punches above its weight with its bright, cherryish aromatic quality and opulently succulent and spicy dark-cherry fruit, fashioned, as the grapes suggest, more in Bordeaux-like than Chianti mould yet with that attractively breezy, Italianate freshness. Rating: 89 The Wine Gang - (Feb 2015)

If you like the style of super-Tuscans but find the prices a bit steep the Tenuta Monteti wines, which are stocked by London merchant Lea & Sandeman, are for you. The Caburnio doesn’t even have any Italian grapes in it - it’s a blend of 55 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Alicante Bouschet, 15 % Merlot and 5 % each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. - but the Tuscany terroir shines through in its fresh acidity and sweet, supple tannins. It’s the perfect bottle to drink with some Italian style roast lamb and beans, Tuscan style sausages or even a simple steak. You can buy it from Lea & Sandeman for £14.50 or £12.95 if you’re buying a case*. I also love its big brother, the ripe, lush, sexy 2008 Monteti (50% Petit Verdot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon) though at £24.50 a bottle (£19.95 if you buy a case) it’s quite a bit more expensive. Tenuta Monteti is based in the Maremma region which is known for its more modern, fleshy reds but both these wines have real elegance and balance along with their gorgeously seductive fruit. * which can be mixed. Fiona Beckett, The Guardian - (Sep 2014)

The 2010 Caburnio is one of the best Maremma wines in its price range. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet and Merlot, the 2010 is warm, supple and resonant from start to finish. Mocha, espresso, plums, sweet spices and savory herbs bristle on the palate in this very pretty, entry-level wine from Monteti. Drinking range: 2014 - 2020 Rating: 89 Antonio Galloni, (Sep 2014)

Tenuta Monteti

Tenuta Monteti is in the southern part of the Maremma, close to the town of Capalbio and some fifteen kilometres from the border of the region of Scansano, under the hill of Monteti, an amphitheatre which protects the estate from coastal winds. The twenty-five hectares of vineyard are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Alicante and Merlot in individual lots of one hectare, each vinified separately in the new, state of the art winery.

Monteti was founded in 1998 by engineer Paolo Baratta and Gemma Bracco, after they had conducted a long search for the right site, guided by oenologist Carlo Ferrini. The whole project was created from scratch, and Paolo's engineering background was used to the full. When the land was being prepared they encountered many huge boulders, and rather than break these up they dug them out and now they stand around the vineyard like sentinels, becoming the emblem of the estate. Much work was done to harvest rainwater for irrigation as required, and also to prevent run-off erosion. Sensors are installed all round the vineyard to measure vine stress and and soil humidity, including several underground. The winery was built to allow all processes to be by gravity alone, and for all the parcels to be vinified separately. There are nice little engineering touches such as the handrail of the gantry over the vats doubling as the pipe that carries the must to them. The first wines were finally produced in 2004 and first marketed in 2007. Eva Baratta, daughter of Gemma and Paolo, took up the reins in 2010, helped by her husband Javier Pedrazzini. Roberto Rossi, who has been there from the start, is in charge of the vineyards, while in the cellar it is Christian Coco, who started as a trainee in 2007 then became managing oenologist in 2012, with Carlo Ferrini still there as consulting oenologist. They are backed by a team of twelve other vineyard and cellar workers.

The wines are marked by a pronounced individuality, reflecting not only the 'terroir' of the region, but more importantly a freshness of fruit and balanced acidity which makes them so very drinkable. They are intentionally understated wines which perform on the palate in a musical fashion - a delicate introduction which builds to the most wonderful crescendo.

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