2014 Tenuta Monteti
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Alicante Bouschet, Merlot, Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot|
2014 was not the easiest vintage in Tuscany, with a damp start only saved by a long dry autumn and late harvesting, but the team here have made a fabulous Caburnio - rightly gaining the coveted 'Tre Bicchieri' prize. They had to make a vigorous selection in the vineyard, dropping lots of fruit, despite this they surprisingly ended up with a very similar blend as with the delicious 2013. This is unusual as the components usually change dramatically between vintages - and the 2 seasons could not have been more different. Nicely fragrant with smoky tobacco, black fruit, minty aniseed, chocolate and coffee, decent concentration. Good weight in the mouth and definite freshness, then cassis, blackberry, cedar, pencil lead and tobacco flavours. There are elegant ripe tannins, great acid balance, good length and a hint of savouriness. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 L&S (Oct 2018)
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Mid cherry red and more red-fruited on the nose than I expected. Fresh, spicy and doesn't taste Cabernet dominant. Fine chalky texture. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(May 2019)
Brilliant ruby red. Intense and rich, characterized by merry notes of wild berries, cherry, myrtle, noble vegetal hints, loam, tobacco, licorice. Freshness and a good glycerin dose, are the pass to a well orchestrated mouth with sweet tannins. Rating: Tre Biccheri Gambero Rosso(Nov 2018)
Tenuta Monteti is situated in the southern part of the Maremma, 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.
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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