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|Grapes||Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown, Vegan|
Montevertine is located about exactly halfway between Florence and Siena, in the heart of the Chianti district with documents showing the area as having been used as a rural defensive fortress in the 11th century. It was first acquired by Sergio Manetti in 1967 as a vacation home, and he planted 2ha of vineyards and built a small winery to make wine for his own family and friends. His first vintage in 1971 received high praise, inspiring him to produce more. He refused to incorporate trebbiano into his wines, relying mostly on sangiovese with small amounts of colorino and canaiolo, leaving the Chianti Classico consortium and forgoing the denomination. Although the consortium eventually recognized he was on to something, he still remains outside of it, choosing to label his wines with the Toscana IGT. Recently, Sergio has passed away, along with Giulio Gambelli (the estate’s long-employed oenologue) and Bruno Bini (cellarmaster). Sergio’s son Martino has taken over with the help of Paolo Salvi, Gambelli’s protégée, who remain dedicated to the style and philosophy of their predecessors. The ‘Pian del Ciampolo’ is their entry-level offering, seeing 18 months in large Slavonian botti. The vineyards are situated where the growing season is longer, so the grapes reach full maturation, creating a wine with balance, elegance, and complexity. It shows mostly red fruit, dominated by cherry and strawberry aromas with streaks of rose petal, forest floor, cigar, ginger, and evergreen and well integrated tannins. Organically grown, vegan.