Grape(s): 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Merlot
Localization: Tuscany, Italy
Tasting Notes: Intense and bright ruby red, it has notes of strawberry jam, myrtle, wet grass, pepper, plum. Silky and lively in the mouth, it persists with juicy tannins and remarkable freshness.
Notes: temperature-controlled spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The vinification of the grapes from the various plots of our vineyards takes place separately in open tapered steel vats. Each plot is kept separate throughout the entire aging process, up to the moment of the blend composition.
“In the last seven years, a vine which buds in a single day and is therefore very strong has been introduced in Alba Helvia; it is called Caburnicam and is planted today all over the province.”
For 12 months, 50% matures in steel and the other 50% matures in barriques and tonneaux made of medium-toasted French oak, only 25-30% of which are new. It then spends another 12 months in the bottle before being released for sale.
The Domain: The story of Tenuta Monteti began in 1998 when, after years of searching, Gemma and Paolo Baratta finally found this corner of Tuscany in the southern Maremma area where they could take up again a project from their youth.
In this small valley, 15 km from the sea and 145m above sea level, the fields are protected by the Monteti hill from which the estate takes its name.
The challenge was big: here there was nothing, just grazing land, and a ruined house and at that time the area was still unexplored for high-quality wine production. But Gemma and Paolo, backed up by Carlo Ferrini, consultant oenologist from the start, sensed the extraordinary potential of this land to give wines capable of combining personality with elegance.
Being able to start from scratch, without an old local tradition or the frame of a DOC classification, meant there was freedom to listen to the soil and the climate, and plant the varieties that would respond and express themselves to their best.
Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Alicante Bouschet were chosen and in these archaic Mediterranean hills soon they found a very personal expression.
During the preparation of the land, the diggers encountered some gigantic boulders. They were extracted very carefully and due to their monumental beauty they were placed along the alleys and between the vineyards to act as guardians. Naturally, they have become the symbol of the Estate.
The winery was designed to work using the force of gravity throughout the production process and to apply a parcelled winemaking and aging method in strict harmony with field diversity. Construction was completed in 2004, the year of the first produced vintage that was then released onto the market in 2007.
In 2010 their daughter Eva took over running the company assisted by her husband Javier Pedrazzini, who is sales manager and production supervisor.
Today the work team is made up of Roberto Rossi, agricultural manager since the beginning, Christian Coco who started as a trainee in 2007 then became managing oenologist in 2012, and 12 specialized women and men working in the field and in the winery. The consultant oenologist is still Carlo Ferrini.
Tenuta Monteti has increasingly focused its attention on respecting the environment in all aspects of the production process. In 2017 Caburnio and Monteti obtained the “Sustainable Wine” certificate as part of the V.I.V.A. “Sustainable Vitiviniculture” program of the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea.