Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015
Gattavecchi - Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015 (89 tsomw points)
A well-known wine producer in Montepulciano is Gattavecchi. Gattavecchi is a historic name in Montepulciano. Wine production is in the hands of Luca, Gionata and Daniela Gattavecchi. Even before the Second World War, the Gattavecchi family produced wine. Unfortunately Grandpa Vincenzo had to stop the activity of viticulture during the Second World War, after which in the forties the Gattavecchi family started the wine production again.
Gattavecchi produces wines such as Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chianti and Toscana IGT. The vines of Gattavecchi are located in the municipality of Montepulciano, Argiano and Ascianello.
In September, the grapes are hand-picked and selected to guarantee the highest quality.
The wine cellar Simonelli Baroncelli in Montepulciano was bought in 1958 by the Gattavecchi family. Formerly this cellar belonged to the monastery of the "Padri Serviti". The wine cellar is deeply excavated in tuff. In addition, a restaurant has been built where you can taste the wines and enjoy delicious food. An absolute must do when you are in Montepulciano.
As you know 2015 is an excellent year for most Sangiovese areas. They had a good summer with plenty of heat, but also cooler nights that helped to keep the grapes balanced.
This red one is a blend of 90% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and 10% mixture of native red grapes.
My tasting notes:
In the glass dark garnet red color showing long tears.
On the nose intense aromas of cherries, plums and blueberries with well integrated hints of leather, hay and spices.
On the palate full-bodied, dry with nice freshness and acidity. Well balanced red with still tight tannins and flavours of black cherries, earth, leather and spices. The aftertaste is long with light smokyness. This wine will only get better in the coming years.