Montevertine Pian Del Ciampolo 2016
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Montevertine Pian Del Ciampolo 2016

Montevertine is located on the high hills near the village of Radda in Chianti and was originally purchased in 1967 by Sergio Manetti and was intended to be a family vacation home.  He planted Sangiovese here in 1968 and the first vintage was released in 1971 with much acclaim and success.  Sergio was a firm believer in the power and ability of Sangiovese to express terroir and at the time, regulations required that any wine from the area could not be made of 100% Sangiovese and must be blended with other grapes, like Trebbiano for example.  By 1981, Sergio was having none of that so he decided to leave the DOC and make wine on his own terms.

With his passing in 2012, his son Martino now takes the reigns and continues to make some of the most elegant and graceful wines in the area.

The Pian Del Ciampolo is considered their sort of entry level cuvee, but certainly does not take away from it’s high quality.  It contains a blend of Sangiovese (90%), Canaiolo (5%) and Colorino (5%), and is fermented in glass lined cement tanks before seeing 12 months of Slovanian oak barrels.

A rich and graceful expression of Sangiovese with ripe red cherry, and hints of raspberries, earth and dried flowers.  The palate is concentrated with an incredible freshness with spicy and grippy tannins that carry through to the long and fruit forward, and slightly mineral finish. Plenty of complexity, extremely approachable and classy wine.

*This wine was tasted at Restaurant L’Express. December 2019.  Private Importation.