Montepeloso

Fabio Chiarelotto

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Suvereto
People: Fabio Chiarelotto, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Montepeloso 2012 'Gabbro' (Cabernet Sauvignon), Toscana IGT Login AG 93 WA 92 <1 Case
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Montepeloso 2013 'A Quo' Red Blend, Toscana IGT Login WA 92 In Stock
Montepeloso 2012 'Eneo' Toscana IGT Login AG 93 WS 92 WA 92 In Stock
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Montepeloso 2012 'Nardo' Toscana IGT Login AG 92 WA 92 In Stock
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From the beginning, Suvereto's challenge to Bolgheri—as Tuscany's premier source of Super Tuscans - has come from just two adjacent estates: Tua Rita and Montepeloso. The properties enjoy two of the best terroirs in Italy: Montepeloso on a gentle hillside of chalky gravel and clay, and Tua Rita in heavier clay below. Climatically warmer than interior Tuscany—and possessing a marked similarity to St. Emilion's famed Côtes—this locale naturally limits yields and is capable of producing wines with great concentration and perfume. Under the guidance of the original owners, Willi & Doris Neukom, Montepeloso established itself as one of Tuscany's most exciting estates, earning 5 stars from Robert Parker.

In 1998, however, the estate was sold to Fabio Chiarelotto, a Swiss-Italian historian. Chiarelotto was entranced with the Neukom's wines, but he was also convinced that they fell short of the terroir's true potential. While a unique site is important for great wine, an inspired winemaker is also required. The introspective Chiarelotto had little interest in the guidance of fashionable enologists. He was determined to follow his own path—and he brought with him a clear vision of the singular wines he felt the estate could yield. His obsession is such that we find few others with which to compare him. The person he most reminds us of is the great Montalcino iconoclast, Gianfranco Soldera. Like Soldera, Chiarelotto remains driven by his own philosophies, posssessing an obsessive commitment to quality, with an apparent disinterest in what others think of him or his wines.

Within a year of the purchase, Chiarelotto embarked on a dramatic overhaul of the vineyards— retraining or regrafting thousands of vines. He was willing to accept drastically reduced production for a few years if it would result in greater wines. In the cellar, Chiarelotto sought ways to soften the tannins, refine the aromatics, and better integrate the oak. With each succeeding vintage, he is getting closer to his ideal.

Slowly, Chiarelotto is receiving the rewards of his passion. The buzz that has been spreading through Europe over the past few years has lept the Atlantic. A growing number of collectors see Montepeloso's wines as the most beautiful, profound and expressive of the Tuscan New Wave:

Nardo—The premier Sangiovese of the coast, and one of the best in all Italy. It is an unfiltered blend of mostly Sangiovese with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Fewer than400 cases a year are produced.

Gabbro—The great Cabernet Sauvignon of Suvereto, Gabbro has done for this variety what Tua Rita's Redigaffi did for Merlot. A decade from now, we would not be surprised to see Gabbro replace Sassacaia as the ultimate Tuscan Cabernet. A scant 200 cases are made.

Eneo—While the two luxury cuvées get much of the press attention, the Sangiovese-basedEneo has quietly achieved a rabid cult following of its own. Aged in 2nd and 3rd year French barrique, it is a pure expression of Chiarelotto's vision.

Production will gradually increase as young vineyards reach maturity. For now, these remain among Italy's elite rarities.

Vinous by Antonio Galloi 9/2014
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Fabio Chiarellotto's new releases are picture-perfect snapshots of their respective vintages. The 2011s are rich, powerful and at times a bit on the heavy side, while the 2012 A Quo and the other 2012s I have tasted from barrel reveal a vintage with more energy. Maremma is an interesting region. Wineries seem to be either superstars or very much under the radar. There doesn't seem to be too much middle ground. Montepeloso will soon join the ranks of the elite, if it hasn't already. As always, these are classic Maremma reds built on intensity, power and texture, all hallmarks of Suvereto."

Wine Advocate 2012
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Suvereto is one of the warmer microclimates in the Tuscan Maremma. Proprietor Fabio Chiarelotto succeeded in capturing the best elements of these sites while also shaping his wines with a level of finesse that is remarkable. The 2009s are fabulous, especially within the context of the year. Chiarelotto decided against bottling the Nardo, because many of the Sangiovese and Montepulciano vineyards struggled with the intense heat. The fruit he was able to salvage went into the Eneo, which helps explain why that wine is such a standout. The 2010s were stunning when I tasted them from barrel last summer. Readers can get an early peek at the vintage with the 2010 A Quo, a wine that delivers absurdly high quality for the money."

Reviews

  • Montepeloso 2012 'Eneo' Toscana IGT
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (10/1/2015)

    The 2012 Eneo is striking. Fresh, nuanced and beautifully delineated in the glass, the 2012 possesses gorgeous energy and class. Sweet red cherries, plums, violets, tobacco, game and spices meld together effortlessly. This is one of the more understated Maremma wines readers will find in 2012. Sweet floral, game and pipe tobacco notes add aromatic intrigue on the close. Although the 2012 doesn't have the structure of the top wines in this range, the Eneo offers terrific freshness and aromatic complexity, especially within the context of the year. The Eneo was aged exclusively in neutral oak, which also helps preserve aromatic freshness.
  • Montepeloso 2012 'Gabbro' (Cabernet Sauvignon), Toscana IGT
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (10/1/2015)

    A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Gabbro (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has handled the heat nicely, as its personality remains pretty much intact. The flavors are intense and bold, yet also delineated, with slightly softer contours and less forbidding structure than the wine typically presents in its youth. Smoke, graphite, black cherries, crushed rocks and violets form an attractive fabric of aromas in this dense, jammy coastal Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Montepeloso 2012 'Nardo' Toscana IGT
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (10/1/2015)

    A wine of gravitas and depth, the 2012 Nardo shows the intensity and power of the vintage in spades. Black cherry, dark spices, menthol and smoke are some of the notes that gradually flesh out. The 2012 has a massive center of fruit that gives the wine its mid-palate intensity and juiciness, but the elements need time to fully come together. Still, I don't expect the 2012 to make old bones. Ideally, it should be enjoyed before age ten. Today, the Nardo feels a bit heavy and weighed down.
  • Montepeloso 2012 'Eneo' Toscana IGT
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (3/1/2016)

    An alluring combination of black currant, black cherry, licorice, spice and mineral melds seamlessly with the firm structure in this powerful, harmonious red. Long and approachable now, but should cruise for several more years in the cellar. Drink now through 2023
  • Montepeloso 2012 'Nardo' Toscana IGT
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (1/31/2017)

    Montepeloso's 2012 Nardo sees Montepulciano blended with Sangiovese and Marselan. Again, the integration is seamless. This is a timeless quality seen across these new releases. The bouquet here is tightly knit together with wild berry followed by dried cherry, blackberry, leather and Indian spice. Nothing is out of place. In the mouth, the wine is silky and polished. Yet, it also shows great momentum and power. Not the easiest vintage, this wine does a great job of presenting the best attributes of 2012 on Coastal Tuscany.
  • Montepeloso 2012 'Gabbro' (Cabernet Sauvignon), Toscana IGT
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (1/31/2017)

    Here is an impressive interpretation of Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 Gabbro is true to the variety but it also shows aromas that faithfully peg it to Coastal Tuscany. There is a layer of rosemary or oregano that reminds me of the Mediterranean wild shrubs that grow along the seafront. Beyond those brambly aromas is a thick core of impenetrable black fruit with cherry and blackberry. Exotic spice fills in the rear. The intensity is memorable. This is a bottle for your cellars.
  • Montepeloso 2012 'Eneo' Toscana IGT
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (1/31/2017)

    The 2012 Eneo reveals a deep sense of wholeness and oneness. Sangiovese is blended with Montepulciano, Marselan and Alicante Bouschet. That Sangiovese base gives this wine a bright core with good tension and moderate weight. Among Montepeloso's various wines, this one is lightest on its feet. It shows dexterity and nimbleness with fluid aromas and a silky mouthfeel. It briskly doles out a long succession of soft fruit flavors, dried cherry, plum, Indian spice and grilled herb.
  • Montepeloso 2013 'A Quo' Red Blend, Toscana IGT
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (1/31/2017)

    A little oaky on first nose, the 2013 A Quo is a robust red blend based primarily on Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. The quality of the primary fruit is succulent, plump and rich. So are the background aromas of cinnamon, vanilla bean and toasted almond. This was a good vintage across Tuscany. The finish is exceedingly rich and supple with firmly yielding tannins. Give this wine a year or two to find greater harmony in the bottle. Those oak notes still need to integrate.