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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. Their ‘Toscana’ offering is their flagship, spending 24 months in large Slavonian and Allier botti and comprised of 90% sangiovese and 10% canaiolo with just a hint of colorino splashed in. The fruit is dominated by strawberry and red cherry with balanced acidity, finely integrated tannin, and plenty of herbs, hints of oak and leather, and a dash of smoky minerality. Organically grown, vegan.