|Grapes||Petit Verdot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
Note from first release: 'Darker more opaque than Caburnio, the fruit is darker and deeper, saturated cassis, graphite, plum, tobacco and complex oak. Rich and succulent, silky black fruit core, lovely acidity, ripe full tannins, cassis, dark chocolate, cedar and tobacco. 100% Barrique used for Monteti, 70% new, aged for 12 months then blended and put back in to barrel for a further 6-8 months.' This release, five years on, gives an opportunity to see how the wine evolves with time - a rare treat, it is maturing by has many years left. L&S (Jan 2021)
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Dark cherries, mocha, spices, new leather, licorice, smoke and tobacco are some of the aromas and flavors that open up in the 2010 Monteti. Warm, open and beautifully resonant, the 2010 offers tons of personality and sheer appeal. Best of all, the 2010 will drink well with minimal cellaring. Sweet floral and spiced notes on the finish are incredibly appealing. Monteti is 45% Petit Verdot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drinking range: 2016 - 2025 Rating: 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Oct 2015)
Ripe blackberry, crushed plum, black raspberry, sweet baking spices, orange zest and dark chocolate are some of the aromas and flavors you'll find on this creamy, full-bodied blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Velvety tannins provide the smooth texture and framework. Enjoy through 2020. 'Editor's Choice' Drinking range: 2015 - 2020 Rating: 94 The Wine Enthusiast www.winemag.com (Jan 2015)
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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