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2015 Castello di Monsanto Nemo Vigneto Il Mulino

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June 23, 2024 - $20



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Hints of bell pepper in the aroma give way to cherry, plum, cedar, iron and coffee flavors...


Castello di Monsanto

Castello di Monsanto is in the Val d’Elsa in Tuscany. The 175-acre estate was acquired in 1960 by Aldo Bianchi. By 1962 his son Fabrizio started making wine on the estate and in the 1980s the cellar and winemaking facilities were significantly renovated. The estate, still owned and run by the Bianchi family, is the Chianti appellation. Besides Sangiovese wines it also produces Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon-blended Super Tuscans. About 400,000 bottles are produced annually. Gambero Rosso has often awarded 3 Glass awards – the highest the journal gives – to the estate’s Chianti. Gambero Rosso’s reviewer writes: “We have grown accustomed to the consistently fine continuity of the wines, which are very land-rooted in character, without stinting on extremely sophisticated, precise execution.”


Italy, Tuscany

Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, is Italy’s best-known wine region and its most diverse. Historically Sangiovese was the primary grape grown in Tuscany and Chianti was considered the purest expression of Sangiovese. Sangiovese and its many clones are still important, and they are the grapes used for the Tuscan appellations of Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, Chianti, Chianti Classico and Carmignano. But in the last 50 years innovative producers, many of them in southwestern Tuscany in the area called Maremma, have also planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The tradition defying producers have blended those varietals with Sangiovese to produce dazzling wines that do not conform to Italy’s appellation regulations. Such wines are called Super Tuscans and cannot be labeled with either of Italy’s highest level quality designations, which are in order of status Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantia, (DOCG), and Denominazione di Origine Controllata, (DOC). (This has not at all hindered the demand for Super Tuscans, some of which are consistently among the world’s most admired and well-reviewed wines.) Tuscany has six DOCG appellations and thirty-four DOCs. Though famous for its red wines, Tuscany also produces whites made primarily from Trebbiano and Vernaccia. There are also many Tuscan Indicazione Geographica Tipica (IGT) wines that are often an innovative blend of traditional and non-traditional grapes. This relatively new appellation status was started in 1992 as an attempt to give an official classification to Italy’s many newer blends that do fit the strict requirements of DOC and DOCG classifications. IGT wines may use the name of the region and varietal on their label or in their name.