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The word Monteti refers to the name of the hill where the small town of Capalbio is located and where the winery is. While the estate isn’t very old, the oldest vines were planted in 2000, it has achieved considerable success.
They have an interesting philosophy behind their grape growing and winemaking. The vineyard has been divided in 28 sections of almost 1 hectare each. The grapes of each of the 28 sections undergo vinifications separately and the wines are maintained separated also during the refining period. Only during the final blending are the wines assembled together.
While the estate is not certified organic, they do as much as possible to make their wines in an environmentally friendly manner.
The 2005 Anniversary Release Monteti is a blend of Petit Verdot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 32%, Merlot 5% and Alicante 3% that is aged 18 months in French oak. Every vintage the 18 months in oak is followed by 24 months in bottle before being released into the market, but this is a special release from the winery.
Once decanted an hour or more, the wine opens up with aromas of espresso, mocha, wet earth and French oak. The wine is so enticing that you want to continue enjoying the aromas and if you do, you’ll notice another layer come through, filled with dark black fruit, grilled herbs and cassis. The 2005 is drinking nicely now and will continue to improve another 5 years in your cellar, as it remains strikingly fresh today.
This wine will pair nicely with this recipe for porcini braised boar.
About the Producer
Capalbio, Grosseto, Italy