JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 92A wine with lots of dark berry character such as blueberries and blackberries. Full body, silky tannins and a chewy finish. Needs at least three or four years to soften and be ready for drinking. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot.Author: James Suckling
Vinous | Rating: 95The 2010 Gabbro, Montepeloso's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, is all about texture. Today the flavors are completely unevolved, instead it is the wine's towering presence and sheer personality that stand out most. With time in the glass hints of melted road tar, graphite, smoke and incense gradually being to emerge. An exotic melange of savory herb nuances melt into veins of salinity frame the finish. Readers will have to be patient with the 2010, but it is a jewel of a wine.Drink Dates: 2018-2030Author: Antonio Galloni
Tucked away in the hills of Suvereto near Bolgheri on the Tuscan Coast - one of the hottest areas in Tuscany - is the 15-acre Montepeloso estate. The winemaker, Swiss-born Fabio Chiarelotto, admits about his wine that it's "easy to produce concentrated wines in such a hot climate but it's much harder to achieve elegance and finesse." In order to take full advantage of the terroir's potential, he overhauled the vineyards in 1997 - retraining, pruning, and even re-grafting many vines. In the cellar, he does relatively short macerations, employs natural yeasts during fermentation, and bottles without filtration. Nardo (Tuscan dialect for lavender), remains Montepeloso's flagship wine. It is an unfiltered blend of approximately 70% Sangiovese, 20% Montepulciano, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and never made in a quantity of more than 400 cases a year.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 49 bottles owned
- 10 collectors