Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo 2019
The purist’s Tuscan red. Dense sappy fruit with crushed-rock minerality makes an impeccable, timeless Sangiovese. It’s already been 30 years since winemaker Signor Manetti refused to add Trebbiano grapes to his Chianti Classico, causing him to leave the appellation. As a result of his commitment to the ultimate Tuscan varietal, Montevertine remains outside the consortium, simply labeling its wines “Rosso di Toscana”. Because of these circumstances, Montevertine is frequently, but erroneously, included in the category of “super-Tuscan” wine. On the contrary, Montevertine’s strict reliance on Sangiovese with a small complement of Colorino and Canaiolo is in direct contradiction to the approach of the “super-Tuscan” group of wines, which include non-local grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot in their blends. Despite the formal lack of the appellation, Montevertine is one of the rare examples of a true Chianti Classico.