CABURNIO

2015 Tenuta Monteti

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

The 2015 Caburnio is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller parts Merlot, Alicante Bouschet, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc from the beautiful beach community of Capalbio on the Tuscan Coast just a few hours' drive north of Rome. The wine opens to a slightly wild bouquet with aromas of rosemary essence and Mediterranean herb that lift from plum and wild cherry. It ends with a silky, mid-weight style. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026 Rating: 92 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Jan 2021)


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The 2015 Caburnio is an attractive wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Sweet dried cherry, crushed flowers and spice all grace this understated Maremma red. This is a decidedly delicate, restrained style, but it works. That said, I would not push my luck with cellaring. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)

Concentrated forest-fruit nose with a hint of fruit cake. Just a touch medicinal at first and then supple fruit of great depth. The gritty, firm tannins on the finish are a little demanding right now. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026 Rating: 16 Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com (Apr 2020)

A good vintage, with a mild Winter and a normally wet Spring. The phenological stages of the vines were textbook from budding to veraison. Summer was hot but not torrid, in fact, it was refreshed by some showers. The harvest of the varieties dedicated to Caburnio started the 2nd of September with the Merlot and ended on the 30th with the Cabernet Sauvignon. It was a linear harvest – with a few short storms immediately dried by good north winds – which allowed us to pick healthy grapes at a perfect stage of maturation. Of a vivid and brilliant ruby red, it offers to the nose hints of jasmine, myrtle, redcurrant and mulberry, followed by notes of beeswax and delicate sweet spices. In the mouth, very coherent with the aromas, it presents itself as full, smooth and fresh with a fine tannin weave that extends into an intense finale. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% Alicante BouschetWinemaker's notes

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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