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September 02, 2006

01 Montevertine, Toscana IGT

Some say the sangioveto in Montevertine belongs in Burgundy. But why even bother with the thought, when it's what makes Toscana so great? Styled classically, with a small percentage of canaiolo and colorino blended in, this wine is virtuous with patience and calm. And that shy virtue is perhaps what helps it show so well. The lean, cherry flavors landmark of Chianti are whispy here--maybe even ghost-like--but those sheets blowing in the night wind soon turn to the fire of daybreak, smoky like a morning in the springs, finishing with tar, toasty earth, and fresh black pepper. You could miss it if you moved too fast. Or you could be moved and miss it once it's gone.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is such a great wine. I really like it on its last legs right before falling apart, where it picks up some sherry qualities.

Another legendary producer making great IGTs is Badia a Coltibuono. Their 99 IGT sangioveto is amazing and its a third less than the montevertine. I highly recommend.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Montevertine makes great Chianti. In a world of high alcohol, glycerin-laden wines (including many Chianti's and many more IGT wines), this winemaker has the guts to make a tremendous wine with elegance and true Sangiovese flavor. The 12.5% alcohol lets you drink an extra glass too.


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