VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO
2013 Cantine Dei
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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 www.thewinegang.com (Mar 2017)
Fresh and lively with blueberry and citrus character. Medium body, fine tannins and a lively finish. Rating: 91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 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, www.vinous.com (Nov 2016)
Back in 1964, Alibrando Dei, a wine-growing enthusiast, recognised that the area of Bossona in Montepulciano, with it's splendid exposure and exceptional terroir, was predestined to produce great red wines and promptly purchased the land and planted the first vineyards.
Later, during the course of the 70s, the family acquired the Martiena property with the attached manor - restored in the 1930s by the architect Piacentini -surrounded by a vast age-old garden and situated at the foot of the village of Montepulciano.
In the early years, the grapes that were produced were sold. However due to the quality of the grapes being picked, 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.
In 1989, the family built its own winery, beside Villa Martiena, in the heart of the vineyards and today produce a series of outstanding wines, olive oil and grappa under the watchful eye of Alibrando's daughter Catharina.
At the same time as replanting many of her vineyards and having enlarged and restructured the cellars, Caterina Dei is 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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