Montevertine - Le Pergole Torte Toscana IGT 2009
Montevertine - Le Pergole Torte Toscana IGT 2009 (93 TSW)
100% Sangiovese – with every year a new artwork label. A beautiful lady.
This wine has a beautiful story. The wines produced from 1971 to 1981 are named as Chianti Classico Montevertine and from 1982, when they left the Chianti Classico Consortium, simply as Montevertine. 2009 was a very warm vintage with a very hot summer. A number of producers did not bottle their top wines in 2009, and many of those who did were very severe in their selection of what made it into bottle.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a deep ruby red color.
On the medium+ nose delicate aromas of dark ripe cherries and blackberries with hints of leather, tobacco, herbs, mint and earth.
On the palate dry, medium+ bodied with a nice round mouthfeel, concentrated, medium tannins and acidity. The complex flavours are a recall of the nose with barrique and dark choclate notes. The finish is persistent and long. I think this will be even better in five years.
The estate sits at an elevation of 425 meters. There are 18 hectares of vineyards at Montevertine, 90% of which are planted to the Sangiovese grape with the remaining vineyards dedicated to Colorino and Canaiolo. The vineyards are divided into nine separate parcels with the oldest vines planted in the Pergole Torte vineyard in 1968. After a manual harvest, the wines are fermented in large (150hl) cement cuves for at least 25 days. The malolactic fermentation also occurs in large volume cement cuves before it is racked into Slavonian oak barrels that range in size from 5 ½ to 18 hectoliters capacity. The Pergole Torte is ultimately racked into smaller French (Alliers) oak barrels for final six months of its elevage.
All movement of the wine is by gravity and the wine is never pumped, in accordance with the traditional methods of the region. The wines are bottled without filtration and then held in bottle for at least six months prior to release.