In the heart of the Chianti district, atop one of many hills that punctuate the Tuscan countryside, lies one of the great bastions of the Sangiovese grape: Montevertine. This estate has always embraced the importance of Sangiovese – in 1981, Sergio Manetti (who acquired, planted and brought to greatness this estate) left the consortium of Chianti, refusing to blend Trebbiano into his wine (a requirement at the time). This stalwart belief in the depth and importance of Sangiovese as a translation of the Tuscan place is clear in the elegance and beauty of the wines produced here.
This week, we’ll feature two of their wines across a few recent vintages. This to explore the approachability of a well-made wine from a difficult year (2014) to the current status of what is already known to be exceptional (2015). We’ll begin the week with the major bottling of the estate, simply known as “Montevertine.” Poured out of Magnums, the 2014 is purity and complexity all swirling together within the star that is Sangiovese. Then, to the “youngest” wine (in terms of vineyard age and release), the “Pian del Ciampolo” from 2015. We’ll traverse to a double magnum of the “Montevertine” from 2015 as well, then check in on a newer “Pian del Ciampolo.”
I may be somewhat biased toward Tuscany thanks to an early love of Dante, but these wines are particularly expressive and beautiful, and I’m excited to delve into them all week long!
MONDAY (09/23) & TUESDAY (09/24)
Rosso di Toscana 2014
WEDNESDAY (09/25) & THURSDAY (09/26)
Pian del Ciampolo 2015
Rosso di Toscana 2015
Poured from a 3-Liter Jeroboam
SATURDAY (09/28) & SUNDAY (09/29)
Pian del Ciampolo 2016