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Monteverro 2010

Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Monteverro is the winery's flagship wine - its version of Tuscany's "Premier Grand Cru." The bouquet is complex, defined by black fruit aromas, such as blackberry and black currant. Hints of cedar, nutmeg, cigar box, and black pepper are balanced by fresh floral accents of tulips and earthy notes of mushrooms. This structured wine is layered with fruit flavors, opening with blackberry and cherry and showing blueberry and strawberry on the close. The tannins are bold, yet well-integrated. Fermented in a combination of stainless steel and French oak, the wine is aged for 24 months in 70% new, 30% second-use French oak barrels.

Blend: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

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WW 97
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The stunning 2010 Monteverro Toscana Rosso is an amazing red that mirrors some of the finest wines from Bordeaux, the Napa Valley, Washington State and anywhere else where top Bordeaux varietals are grown and nourished. This is my first look at this wine ever and a moment that I will always remember. The wine is so finely put together that my mind cannot stop thinking how well this would pair with piece of rare rib eye of beef. Deep ruby color; dried chocolate and ripe berries in the nose; medium to full bodied, packed and long on the palate; lasting finish, fine and smooth ripe tannins in the aftertaste. (Tasted: August 6, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The flagship estate wine, 2010 Monteverro, is absolutely stunning. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Vineyards are located on a soft incline at the foot of Capalbio facing the glimmering Tyrrhenian Sea. The enormity of this wine cannot be exaggerated: Dark fruit, chocolate and spice make for a rich and opulent first impression. The excellence of the 2010 vintage is on full display thanks to the integrity of the fruit, the supple richness of the mouthfeel and the tangy sweetness of the finish. Monteverro is a relatively new estate that shows enormous promise. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Marked by vanilla and other spices, this big, flamboyant red shows sweet black cherry, black currant, spice and mineral flavors. The rich texture and sweet fruit offset the beefy tannins. Fine length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2023.
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Monteverro

Monteverro

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Monteverro, Tuscany, Italy
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You could blame Georg Weber's change of life on a Bordeaux Premier Grand Cru Classe, and on an evening he spent in Lausanne with a friend. That was when the young university student first tasted a glass of truly great claret, and when his life took on a new direction. The memory and thrill of that fantastic wine set him on a new path that would, a few years later, lead him to Monteverro, near Capalbio in Tuscany.

Monteverro is a lovely estate located between Capalbio and the sea, in an area that until recently had never had much success producing wines. In 2003, before buying this 50-hectare farm there, Georg Weber wanted to make sure it would be able to produce the kind of wine he remembered from those memorable tastes of the Medoc. He ran tests on Monteverro's soil and growing conditions, and was satisfied with the results the lovely hills he'd fallen for could give him.

In honor of those memories, he planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, as well as some Syrah and Grenache. Chardonnay and Vermentino are the white grapes. By 2008 the grapes began to bear the kind of fruit Weber was interested in. In 2011 Monteverro's first five wines were released on the market.

One of the most iconic Italian regions for wine, scenery and history, Tuscany is the world’s most important outpost for the Sangiovese grape. Ranging in style from fruity and simple to complex and age-worthy, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano coming in second.

Within Tuscany, many esteemed wines have their own respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, scattered with vineyards.

Sangiovese at its simplest produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright and juicy red fruit, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity and ageability. Top-quality Sangiovese-based wines can be expressive of a range of characteristics such as sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco. Brunello expresses well the particularities of vintage variations and is thus popular among collectors. Chianti is associated with tangy and food-friendly dry wines at various price points. A more recent phenomenon as of the 1970s is the “Super Tuscan”—a wine made from international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese. These are common in Tuscany’s coastal regions like Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, Carmignano and the island of Elba.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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