Montebello Toscana I.g.t. 2013
The limestone clay soil of a medium density found in the Monti in Chianti area and the perfect exposition of the Montebello hill give this wine depth and elegance. Nine historical varieties: Mammolo, Ciliegiolo, Pugnitello, Colorino, Sanforte, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo, Foglia Tonda, Sangiovese. Each variety is vinified and aged separately in small barrels in the winery set in the heart of the vineyards before being blended. Indigenous yeasts and natural fermentation allow a harmonious blend of the varieties.
Zone of production: Monti in Chianti (SI)
Altitude and orientation: 280-320m. s.l.m. Sud, S-W
Soil: Clay and limestone rock
Age of vineyard: 18-29 Years old
Training system: Guyot
Plant density per hectare: 5000-5500
Grape varieties: Mammolo, Ciliegiolo, Pugnitello, Colorino, Sanforte, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo, Fogliatonda and Sangiovese
Harvest: Hand-picked grapes manually sorted at the winery
Vinification: Each varietal is harvested and fermented separately in 500 liter open top barrels with indigenous yeast and manual punchdowns. Aged in barrels at first then assembled for a final maturation in cask.
Ageing: 12-16 months in oak casks, 6 months minimum of bottle age before release
No. of bottles produced: 3,500
Alcoholic content (%): 15
Recommended serving temperature: 18°C
Pairings: Game and beef roasted, stewed or grilled; well aged cheeses; chocolate
The uncertain spring has led to a reduction of yields. The favorable temperatures in July and September favored a perfect maturation of the grapes. Lower yields but good quality.
Montebello IGT Toscana is the result of a long research and experimental period in the recovery and growth of historical heirloom grape varieties from Chianti, many of which were rarely cultivated.
Harvest period: 16th September / 11th October
The harmonious blend of the 9 varietals gives this wine elegance and depth; the intensity and elegance make it pleasurable now but ageworthy.
Wine Spectator Insider 2018 94 pt.
Falstaff Magazine 2018 95 pt.
Wine Advocate 2017 92 pt.
I Vini di Veronelli 2018 93 pt.
James Suckling 2018 91 pt.