Montevertine, Radda-in-Chianti

Montevertine was first created in the early 1970s at a time when other producers in the region were seeking to make more international-styled wines from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. However, Sergio Manetti, the owner, and his winemaker (maestro assagiatore, the 'master taster') Giulio Gambelli stuck to their beloved Sangiovese, whilst also eschewing the other trend of using French oak barrels. The next generation of the family is now in charge with Sergio's son Martino at the helm, assisted by Giulio Gambelli's protégé Paolo Salvi.

The vineyards are located around the winery in Radda in Chianti, but the wines are not sold as Chianti Classico, although under the current laws they would be entitled to. Instead, the wines are simply labelled as Toscana IGT: a hangover from the days of when the estate was created that mandated Chianti Classico producers to add a portion of white wine to the blend -  a piece of legislation that many, Manetti included, were appalled by.

The wines are as singular as they are excellent. A pure expression of the terroir of Radda in Chianti, reaching their finest expression with their top wine, Le Pergole Torte. When young, these wines are complex and full of tension, but with a few years in bottle become things of beauty. These are wines for the cellar.

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