A section of the vineyards on the estate, the Montesodi vineyard, is bottled separately. This could be the most powerful Chianti produced. The first time we tasted this, the 1995 vintage from barrel, we could not believe it was Sangiovese. It was so dark in color and so rich in texture, we thought it was Cabernet. The 2007 vintage is 100% Sangiovese and spent 24 months in one year old oak barrels and then 6 months in the bottle.
Tasting Notes – 2007
In the glass the wine appears dense with a luminous ruby color. Density, too, is noticeable on the nose, with concentrated essences of wild blackberry, blueberry, India ink, and roasted espresso beans, lifted by notes of pungent balsam and eucalyptus. Smooth, supple tannins are already well-integrated, and add to the warm, velvety mouthfeel. The warm alcohol and crisp acidity are in mutual balance. Pleasant hints of vanilla and espresso coffee enrich a clean-edged, lean finish.
Food Pairing Suggestions
Roast or grilled lamb, game birds (pheasant), pan-fried beef.
Ratings & Reviews
92 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2009
90 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2007
89 points – Wine Advocate #177, June 2008
92 points – Wine Advocate #171, June 2007
91 points – Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, July/August 2007
91 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2006
92 points – Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 1, 2007
91 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2005
93 points / Highly Recommended – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2003
#45 in the Top 100 wines list of 2003 – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2003