Montepeloso 2016 'Nardo' Costa Toscana IGT

Montepeloso 2016 'Nardo' Costa Toscana IGT

Item Number: 13864

UPC: 0-815508014837

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub Region: Tuscany
Appellation/AVA: Toscana IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): Montepulciano / Sangiovese / Malvasia Nera
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: 80 meters

Nardo is the ultimate expression of the Tuscan coast’s native varieties. In recent years, it has become a super-selection of the estate’s best vines/grapes. Some refer to Nardo as Eneo’s big brother.

Winemaking Notes: The wine is produced from Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Alicante and Malvasia Nera. Grapes are manually harvested from 40-year-old vines. It ferments in 1,500-liter steet tanks. Aging occurs for 18 months in 400-liter tonneaux (40-70% new) and another 18 months in bottle before release. Malolactic fermentation occurs. The wine is not filtered.

Tasting Notes: The wine explodes on the palate with wild dark cherries, spices, licorice and leather. The 2016 Nardo is a bit fuller than the Eneo and more polished on the palate; it's smoother and richer yet has exceptional balance and purity.

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 Nardo is dense and powerful through the middle, with tremendous depth and textural richness to burn. A rush of blackberry jam, gravel, smoke, cured meats and dark spice build as this potent, dramatic wine shows off its personality. Here, too, the purity of the flavors is mind-blowing. Ample, explosive and dramatic in the glass, the 2016 is positively riveting.