2016 Tenuta Monteti

Grapes Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Tuscany
Other Practising Organic
District Maremma
ABV 14.5%

45% Petit Verdot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc. This unusual mix of Bordeaux varietals is another great success in 2016. It jumps out of the glass oozing such class. There is an aristocratic feel with red berries and violets that dominate here with gorgeous spice and crisp tobacco leaf notes too. The palate has a such a refined feel - Bordeaux-like stature with intriguing crunch and depth from the Petit Verdot that holds court, a very vertical feel to the many layers of interest and intrigue. The 2 Cabernets add more depth and charm with spiced plums and wild berries, a touch of cedarwood and charred oak too. Great line of more savoury balsamic and fennel seed notes adds yet another dimension. Such a suave and impressive wine - with a long and very satisfying finish.
This remains one of the greatest bargains in terms of 'bang for buck'. This sophisticated red will pair beautifully with almost any hearty dish - think a roast with all the trimmings, meat or vegetables from the grill and game too.
L&S (Nov 2021)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.

Dark and luminous garnet red. Elegant at the nose with notes of blackberry and blueberry, elder flower, mildly balsamic hints, woody spices, various. Harmonious and complex, at the palate it evolves slowly and at length with wonderfully mature wildberries, dense tannins and a long finale. Rating: 96 Falstaff Magazine, Simon Staffler (Oct 2021)

'Tre Bicchieri'. Blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, Monteti 2016 offers smoky and spicy aromas on a luxuriant fruity layer with a good rhythm of fragrances and intensities. In the mouth the unfolding is solid, intense, enveloping and continuous. Rating: Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso (Oct 2021)

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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