Montepeloso 2016 'Eneo' Costa Toscana IGT

Montepeloso 2016 'Eneo' Costa Toscana IGT

Item Number: 13863

UPC: 0-815508012338

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub Region: Tuscany
Appellation/AVA: Toscana IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): Sangiovese / Montepulciano / Alicante / Malvasia Nera
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Lime-rich petrified clay and silex
Elevation: 50-100 meters

Eneo is Montepeloso’s grand vin produced from Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Alicante and Malvasia Nera (biotype of Tempranillo).

Vine Age: Vines range between 8 and 20 years old.

Winemaking Notes: The fruit is manually harvested using small baskets. Grapes are 100% destemmed. The wine macerates for 14-22 days. Fermentation occurs in 1,500-liter and 3,000-liter steel tanks. The wine ages for 18 months in second and third passage French barrels and another 18 months in bottle before release. Malolactic fermentation occurs in French oak barrels. It is not filtered.

Tasting Notes: The Montepeloso Eneo is a gorgeously ripe and bold Tuscan red blend. Flavors of blueberry, dark cherry, cranberry, and shaved chocolate combine with velvety, soft tannins. There is also pronounced minerality accompanied by spice. Pair with grilled meat, aged cheeses and pasta.

2016 Vintage Notes: You have probably heard all the hype about 2016 in Central Tuscany, and the vintage might be even better on the coast. The wines are almost as packed as the 2015s, but possess a cooler, fresher style. It’s the most complete line-up of wines from top to bottom in Fabio’s 20-year career.

Here’s a quick testimonial from Antonio Galloni (3/2019): "The wines I tasted during my most recent visit were nothing short of thrilling. Like many properties, Montepeloso endured a brutal 2017. Yields were down a punishing 60%. As a result, proprietor Fabio Chiarelotto and longtime winemaker Fabrizio Moltard opted to bottle just one wine, the entry-level A Quo. The 2016s, which I tasted prior to bottling, are shaping up to be monumental. Readers will find all of the pedigree of this important Tuscan vintage in a set of wines that is positively dazzling.”

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: (94-97) (3/15/2019)

    The 2016 Eneo is a flat-out stunner. I don't remember ever tasting an Eneo with this much freshness. Powerful and yet also incredibly nuanced, the 2016 is all class. An exotic mélange of black cherry, smoke, licorice, game, tobacco and incense infuse this beautifully nuanced Suvereto red. Time in the glass brings out the wine's aromatics and a red-toned/floral component that distinguishes it from the other 2016s in this range, all of which are considerably darker. More than anything else, the 2016 has a soaring vertical explosiveness that is simply breathtaking.