2020 Montevertine Toscana
90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino
"Montevertine is situated in the heart of the Chianti district about halfway between Florence and Siena, specifically 3 kilometers or so south of Radda in Chianti. Documents attest to the fact that the hilltop hamlet of Montevertine was first inhabited in the 11th century as a rural defensive fortress. There are traces of the original construction on the site today. Sergio Manetti acquired Montevertine in 1967 as a vacation home for his family. Once there, Signor Manetti planted two hectares of vineyards and built a small cantina with the idea of producing some wine for family and friends. Shortly thereafter, Signor Manetti abandoned his principal activity to devote himself to producing wine at his magnificent estate. Having recognized the importance of the Sangiovese grape, Signor Manetti crafted his wines with an almost exclusive reliance on that grape variety. By 1981, due to Signor Manetti’s refusal to incorporate Trebbiano into the Montevertine blend, Montevertine left the Chianti Classico consortium, thereby forgoing the Chianti Classico denomination. In time the consortium recognized the wisdom of Manetti’s stance but Montevertine remains outside the consortium, simply labeling its wines “Rosso di Toscana”. Because of these circumstances, Montevertine is frequently, but erroneously, included in the category of “super-Tuscan” wine. In fact, Montevertine’s policy of strict reliance on Sangiovese with a small complement of Colorino and Canaiolo is in direct contradiction to the approach of the “super-Tuscan” group of wines. Despite the formal lack of the appellation, Montevertine is one of the rare examples of a true Chianti Classico." -Rosenthal Wine Merchants
What The Critics Say
96/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
"The 2020 Montevertine is outrageously beautiful, just as it was from barrel. Rich and sumptuous, the 2020 possesses tremendous fruit purity and exceptional balance. Dark red/purplish fruit, lavender, rose petal, mint and sweet spice abound in an exceptional wine that delivers the goods. The 2020 is a wine that marries the classicism of Montevertine with the solar intensity of today's harvests. a gorgeous, superexpressive wine. There's so much here. — Martino Manetti’s 2019s and 2020s are magnificent. The Montevertine, which has long lived in the shadows of Le Pergole Torte, is quite impressive in both vintages. Because Montevertine is aged exclusively in cask (while Pergole Torte sees a year of barrel and a year in cask), it exudes a feeling of classicism that is especially distinctive. In 2020, Montevertine includes a new parcel on the other side of Radda that seems to add greater richness and weight. The 2020s are shaping up to be modern-day classics. They offer a stunning mix of precision and power, tempered by a more moderate growing season. These remain some of the most singular wines readers will come across in Chianti Classico, or anywhere, for that matter. Drink 2026-2040"
95/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner
"The 2020 Montevertine shows a generous, open-knit presentation with dark fruit, blue flower and delicate mineral highlights. The wine is 90% Sangiovese with small additions of Canaiolo and Colorino. It shows a medium-rich core of fruit but also offers a filigree of background nuances that renders it all the more enticing and interesting. The is a true beauty, showing the subtleties and nuances that can be achieved with native Tuscan grapes in a warm vintage. Some 35,000 bottles were produced. Martino Manetti of Montevertine says that 2020 was an excellent vintage in the cool hills of Radda in Chianti (although it proved very hot elsewhere). Drink 2024-2043"
96/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner (2019 vintage)
"This wine beautifully captures the intensity and elegance of this classic vintage. The 2019 Montevertine is made with a careful selection of fruit (with 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino) from across various parcels located at a cool 400 to 550 meters in elevation. Compared to the Le Pergole Torte, which remains more closed and initially shy, the Montevertine currently soars over the senses with delicate berry and wild fruit aromas with mineral, blue flower and candied orange peel. The mouthfeel is extremely fine, but that smoothness leaves a lasting impression. Happily, there are 34,000 bottles on the market."
|2025 - 2050
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