A Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino blend made by winemaker Martino Manetti, the winery left the world of the rule-bound Consorzio and declared itself an IGT rated producer after the 1990 vintage.
The wine is very ‘pretty’ for a Sangiovese and full of flavour. It spent 24 months in Slavonian oak barrels and was decanted for 6 hours during which time it evolved from a tightly wound, sour cherry focused wine to this thing of beauty.
The Montevertine is medium minus ruby with even legs and has a nose of summer raspberry with cherry, violets, flowers and light strawberry juice. The palate is dry with silky tannins, a gorgeous mouth-puckering acidity, and an elegantly slender body with deep flowers – roses and violets, little blue forget-me-nots and lavender buds – light mint and tobacco herb, cherry, anise and some subtle wood action.
Antonio Galloni called this a 94 point wine – and we called it beautiful, delicate and ethereal. It’s ironic it was so good with 2009 being such a warm vintage. Perhaps that’s because it’s from Radda where there is some elevation to cool the evenings and retain the grapes’ acidity levels.
At 6 years old, it’s WSET Outstanding – super complex, poignant, balanced. Each sip saw new flavours and aromas emerge. In a blind tasting our group agreed it may even be difficult to tell this is Sangiovese and mistake it instead for a very high end Pinot Noir. It’s less dusty than most Sangiovese and very fresh. Although it’s young, it is drinking well and yet will last literally for dozens of years.
Second bottle update – We opened a second bottle in October, 2016 (7 years old) and found it still gorgeously ethereal, showing significant soya sauce and a little tar, but replete with loads of dried rose petals and dried cherries. The colour had shifted to a translucent garnet from the ruby.
Third bottle update – Now I wonder why I didn’t buy more of this. We opened this one December 2021 at 12 years old. Still a translucent garnet, the aromas were astounding with cherry, dusty rose petal, and purple flowers. The mouth-watering acidity made it hard to stop drinking this beauty, and the flavours showed more sour cherry, violet, dried tarragon, light tar and leather strap. The finish lingered. I was really sad when this bottle was empty.