2016 Tenuta Monteti Caburnio
2016 Tenuta Monteti Caburnio This blend of 55% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of black-skinned berries, mocha and bell pepper. The concentrated palate of this 2016 wine offers blackberry jam, toasted oak and espresso alongside close-grained tannins. Drink through 2025.
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 as to 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.
We produce Monteti and Caburnio, two reds, and TM Rosé. They are both classified as IGT Toscana, to fully second the characteristics of the soil, allowing us to choose the grape varieties best suited in absolute freedom, pursuing low yields per hectare and drawing up our own vinification and ageing method, which we apply with the utmost rigour and refine year after year. While sharing a similar stylistic concept, they are different in terms of composition and maturation. Every vintage of both wines aims to draw the best from the climatic development of the season and the response of nature. Therefore, every vintage, being built on solid foundations, has its own story to tell.
Monteti is our flagship wine. It is named like the estate after the hill that protects our vineyard from the strong Mediterranean winds guaranteeing an ideal microclimate thanks to which our vines can benefit, protected, from sea proximity. It is a blend of Petit Verdot (with percentages varying depending on the vintage from 40 to 55%), Cabernet Franc (between 30 and 25%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (between 15 and 20%). It matures for 18 months in medium-toasted French oak barriques, 70% of which are new. This is followed by further 2 years of bottle ageing before being released onto the market.
With Monteti we seek the personality of the Maremman territory subjected however to the complexity and elegance of a great wine. Petit Verdot is the personality, the rebel horse, Cabernet Sauvignon conveys structure and longevity and Cabernet Franc is the feminine element that embraces and softens both. With Monteti we seek a wine with a “reverse spoon” sensorial trend: with a gentle, attractive entry followed by a full expansion and a long finish.