Montepeloso

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

Items

Montepeloso 2018 'Gabbro' Cabernet Sauvignon, Toscana IGT Login AG (94-96) AG 96 WA 95+ In Stock
Montepeloso 2019 'A Quo' Red Blend, Toscana IGT Login AG 92 In Stock
Montepeloso 2018 'Eneo' Costa Toscana IGT Login AG (94-96) AG 94 WA 94 In Stock

Tucked away off the Tuscan coast in the chalky gravel and clay hills of Suvereto lies the 15-acre Montepeloso estate.

Under the guidance of the original owners, Willi and Doris Neukom, Montepeloso established itself as one of Tuscany’s most exciting estates. Swiss-born Fabio Chiarelotto bought the estate in 1998. He was entranced with the Neukom’s wines but was also convinced that they fell short of the terroir’s true potential.

Climatically warmer than interior Tuscany, Suvereto naturally limits yields and is capable of producing wines with great concentration and perfume. Chiarelotto admits about his wine that it’s "easy produce concentrated wines in such a hot climate…but it’s much harder to achieve elegance and finesse."

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. He brought with him a clear vision of the singular wines he felt the estate could yield. His obsession is such that there are few others with which to compare.

Chiarelotto overhauled the vineyards within a year of purchase: retraining and regrafting thousands of vines. He accepted drastically reduced production over the first few years in order to achieve great wines. In the cellar, Chiarelotto sought ways to soften the tannins, refine the aromatics, and better integrate the oak. With each succeeding vintage, he gets closer to his ideal.

A Montepeloso buzz has spread over Europe and has leapt across Atlantic. Collectors view Montepeloso as the most beautiful, profound and expressive of the Tuscan "new wave." Production will increase as young vines reach maturity. Unfortunately for now, these wines remain among Italy's elite rarities.

Vinous 3/2020
"This tasting was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Maremma. Proprietor Fabio Chiarelotto and longtime winemaker Fabrizio Moltard have turned out a magnificent, thrilling set of wines. The 2016s are majestic, while the 2018s, which I tasted from tank, show how well warmer sites handled 2018. Of course, as readers will see, the opposite was true in 2017. Today the wines spend less time in wood and there is more attention to cooperage overall. More importantly, the wines have never been better."


Vinous 4/2018
"These are deep, resonant wines that capture all the magic of Maremma."


Wine Advocate 1/2017
"Montepeloso demonstrates special skill when it comes to blending. The various wines reviewed here are linked by a profound sense of balance and seamlessness."


Vinous 11/2016
"Fabio Chiarelotto is one of the top producers in Maremma and Italy more broadly. For the last few years Chiarelotto has worked out of a makeshift warehouse cellar while building a new winery. The current facility is not at all adequate for wines with this level of ambition."


Vinous 9/2014
"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
"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."

Reviews

  • Montepeloso 2018 'A Quo' Red Blend, Toscana IGT
    Vinous
    Rating: (90-92) (3/15/2020)

    In 2018, the entry-level A Quo is pliant, supple and super-expressive. Plum, lavender, menthol and crème de cassis all meld together in a soft, supple Maremma red that will drink well right out of the gate. The purity of the dark red purplish berry fruit is striking, as is the wine's freshness.
  • Montepeloso 2018 'Eneo' Costa Toscana IGT
    Vinous
    Rating: (94-96) (3/15/2020)

    The 2018 Eneo is pure and total class. Dark, resonant and super-expressive, the 2018 boasts terrific personality and class, with striking inner perfume that adds sweetness and aromatic intensity to a core of inky fruit. Lavender, mint, pine and sage are some of the many nuances that come alive with a bit of time in the glass. More than anything else, it is the wine's creaminess and overall feel that are so alluring today.
  • Montepeloso 2018 'Gabbro' Cabernet Sauvignon, Toscana IGT
    Vinous
    Rating: (94-96) (3/15/2020)

    The 2018 Gabbro pulses with palpable energy and tension. The wine feels so alive. Cabernet Sauvignon can be wonderfully expressive, and this is a great example. Sage, mint, lavender, pine and dark spice lead into a core of crème de cassis and inky dark fruit. Like all of the 2018s, Gabbro is a bit on the more restrained side, but that is not a bad thing for a region where size and richness come so easily
  • Montepeloso 2018 'A Quo' Red Blend, Toscana IGT
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (1/6/2021)

    The 2018 A Quo is rich and explosive in the glass, with superb presence and tons of intensity, but all in the gracious style of the year. Crushed flowers, sweet red berry fruit and spice are front and center. In 2018, A Quo is supremely delicious. Best of all, it remains a tremendous value in artisan wine.
  • Montepeloso 2018 'Eneo' Costa Toscana IGT
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (1/6/2021)

    The 2018 Eneo, Montepeloso’s Montepulciano-based blend, is redolent of crushed red berry fruit, licorice, blood orange, star anise and rose petal. Bright and gracious, with terrific purity, the Eneo beautifully captures the understated, nuanced style of the year. It is a bit more red-toned than I recall from barrel. This is so nicely done.
  • Montepeloso 2018 'Gabbro' Cabernet Sauvignon, Toscana IGT
    Vinous
    Rating: 96 (1/6/2021)

    The 2018 Gabbro (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is quite possibly the most elegant wine I have ever tasted at Montepeloso. Inky black cherry, chocolate, grilled herb, licorice and menthol infuse the 2018 with fabulous depth. Even with all of its opulence, the 2018 remains so poised and light on its feet. The new oak needs just a bit of time to settle. There is little doubt the 2018 is an absolutely gorgeous wine in the making. It’s a reference point expression of Cabernet Sauvignon on the Tuscan coast.
  • Montepeloso 2019 'A Quo' Red Blend, Toscana IGT
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (4/15/2021)

    The 2019 A Quo, Montepeloso’s entry-level red, delivers the goods and then some. Fresh, floral and beautifully lifted, the 2019 offers up a bevy of crushed berry fruit, rose petal and cinnamon, all in a mid-weight style that emphasizes freshness and energy to balance the natural richness of Tuscany's Maremma. Medium in body and wonderfully translucent, the 2019 is an absolute beauty. Best of all, it’s a steal.
  • Montepeloso 2018 'Gabbro' Cabernet Sauvignon, Toscana IGT
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95+ (1/14/2021)

    The 2018 Gabbro is a pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, with only 1,400 bottles made. There is a lot of coastal Tuscan sunshine here that smooths over the fruit, adding richness, integration, ripeness and ultimately a terrific sense of balance. Summery black tones of plum, prune, blackberry and dried cherry emerge from the bouquet, pulling forth background tones of spice, tobacco and campfire ash. The wine is full and rich throughout, showing generous layers on the mid-palate and on the very long and pleasurable finish. The tannins are soft and balanced (from both the fruit and the oak), but I'd still recommend a few more years of bottle age before you pop the cork.
  • Montepeloso 2018 'Eneo' Costa Toscana IGT
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (1/14/2021)

    The Montepeloso 2018 Eneo (a blend of 55% Sangiovese, 25% Montepulciano, 15% Alicante and 5% Malvasia Nera) is another unexpected blend from this very promising estate on the Tuscan Coast. With 34,000 bottles made, this is the mid-entry cru wine. It offers a beautifully saturated color with thickness, fruity richness and nicely integrated tannins. It's a bit harder to dissect the various components in this blend, but that solo voice of Sangiovese does emerge with wild plum, potting earth and blue lilac. There is an extra point of acidity that also reminds me of the mighty Tuscan grape. This well-priced wine is worth seeking out.
  • Montepeloso 2018 'A Quo' Red Blend, Toscana IGT
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (1/14/2021)

    A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Montepulciano, 15% Sangiovese, 15% Marselan and 5% Alicante Bouschet, the Montepeloso 2018 A Quo is the entry-level expression that unfolds to a rich and sultry display of dark fruit, spice and a touch of charred meat. The blend is quite eccentric, but the basic elements are all there, such as the structure from the Cabernet Sauvignon, the wild character of the Montepulciano and the perfumed intensity of the other grapes.