2013 Cantine Dei

Grapes Prugnolo Gentile
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Tuscany
Sub-district Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
ABV 13.5%

Each autumn sees the release of the new edition of the Gambero Rosso’s guide to Italian Wine ‘Vini d’Italia‘. In it wines are given ratings in glasses (bicchiere) the top award being three glasses (tre bicchiere). It is no great surprise when Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Paleo and Saffredi are given this award, but rather more interesting when it goes to the 2013 Dei Nobile di Montepulciano wine which is under £20. L&S (Sep 2016)

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Nice intensity on the nose, blackberry, cherry, mint and some wood notes, palate's initial delivery is quite grippy, black hedgerow fruit, some tobacco darker sinewy notes, a more robust fuller style this vintage.L&S(Apr 2016)

Classic Prugnolo Gentile (the local name in this part of Tuscany for Sangiovese) notes of fresh cherry and oregano mingle with black fruit and food-friendly astringency and cherry-ish acidity, a shading of spicy oak and a liquorice-like tang on the finish. Good quality at a reasonable price here. Rating: 90 2017)

Fresh and lively with blueberry and citrus character. Medium body, fine tannins and a lively finish. Rating: 91 James Suckling, 2016)

The 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano opens with striking depth and translucent precision, but it is also marked by a slightly vegetal note from the new oak. Bright red stone fruit, mint and floral notes struggle to emerge, but ultimately the new oak is simply overpowering. Drinking range: 2016 - 2020 Rating: 96 Antonio Galloni, 2016)

Cantine Dei

After spending much time in the area on family holidays, Alibrando Dei, a successful businessman from Siena, recognised that the area of Bossona in Montepulciano, with it's splendid exposure and exceptional terroir, was predestined to produce great red wines and in 1964 he purchased the land and planted the first vineyards.

Not long after this, Alibrando's son Glauco bought a holiday home for his family here, just at the foot of the village of Montepulciano. The Villa Martiena property - came with more land which was ripe for vineyards and olive trees.

In the early years, the grapes that were produced were sold. However, due to the quality of the fruit being picked, Glauco and the family decided to embark upon making their own wine and in 1985 -an exceptional vintage year -they decided to produce the first bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Dei, renting an old winery in the historic town centre.

Things progressed well and in 1989, the family built its own winery, just beside Villa Martiena, in the heart of the vineyards and today they produce a series of outstanding wines, olive oil and grappa under the watchful eye of Glauco's daughter Caterina.

At the same time as replanting many of her vineyards Caterina has also overseen the building of the sensational new cellars. The wines are still made upstairs at the original winery but all ageing, and bottling is done below in the gravity fed cellars built into the landscape. They are a triumphant palace that have to be seen to be believed. These developments see Caterina Dei now making the best wines of her career to date. While these are not the showiest wines of Montepulciano (she very much eschews the excessive use of new oak), they are almost perfect examples of Sangiovese from the area (specifically Prugnolo Gentile). They also remain very well-priced.

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